Kingpin (1996 Film) Review

Kingpin 1996 movie poster

There are two famous comedies based on bowling. The first is The Big Lebowski, and while I really liked the movie, it wasn’t really about bowling. The other is Kingpin, which I haven’t seen until now. Kingpin is much more about bowling, but is it funny?

Woody Harrelson Kingpin 1996 movie

The story begins with a young bowler named Roy Munson. He’s becoming quite the bowler, and is looking to go pro. He became state champion in Iowa, and leaves his small town with big hopes. However after some bad luck, his dreams are over when he loses his hand.

Randy Quaid Kingpin 1996 movie

Many years later, Roy is depressed and living a terrible life. Though by luck he comes across an Amish guy named Ishmael, who happens to be a really good bowler. Roy knows bowling like an expert, and offers to train Ishmael for a tournament in Nevada. After he refuses, Roy goes to his community while “Amish” to convince him to change his mind. After Ishmael learns that his Amish community could be saved if he becomes champion of the tournament, he agrees to let Roy be his bowling coach.

Bill Murray Kingpin 1996 movie

While I don’t think it’s as good as The Big Lebowski, I still think Kingpin is a hilarious movie. The humor isn’t for everyone, but there are some moments I’ll never forget. I also think Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, and Bill Murray did awesome jobs with their characters.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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