Movie Review: Kingpin

This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.

“From the idiots who brought you ‘Dumb and Dumber.'” That’s the ad for this movie, and it certainly fits it like a glove. When I got the chance to go to “Kingpin,” I was thinking it would be a good comedy. Boy, was I wrong.

The plot of this movie is that Roy Munson (played by Woody Harrelson) is a pro bowler who lost his hand in a fight in 1979 and now wears a rubber hand over a hook. He finds an Amish bowler, Ishmael (Randy Quaid), turns him into a great bowler, and takes him to Reno, Nev. to win million in a tournament. Ishmael does it to save his Amish community. But they have to compete against the man responsible for cutting Munson’s hand off, Ernie (Bill Murray).

Normally, this plot could have made a pretty good movie. But “the idiots from ‘Dumb and Dumber'” had to stick in a curse word every couple of minutes. There’s only about five scenes that they could show on television without bleeping anything out. Even though it wasn’t such a great movie, there were some parts that were pretty funny, such as when Roy visits the Amish village dressed as an Amish Irishman, then makes the frame of a barn topple over. But overall, this isn’t a very good movie, even though it had the aid of some splendid actors and actresses.


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