An unfunny tribute to bowling. Woody Harrelson plays a once-superior bowler only to have his hand torn to shreds, so he is lowered to selling supplies to bowling alleys until he meets Amish, Randy Quaid. Harrelson sees something special in this guy's bowling skills so he decides to take him to the 1 million dollar tournament. It's surprising how bland this comedy is especially since it's from the Farrelly brothers. Most of its jokes rely on Harrelson's rubber hand and Quaid's naive personality. I didn't laugh once. However, Kingpin has a good side to it: it's a fairly good bowling flick about a physically challenged person making the championship. Its overall effect is mediocre but I can't forgive the jokes that keep on missing. The acting is terrible by the supporting cast.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray, Chris Elliot

Directed by:

Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly


1996 sports/comedy

Rated PG-13.


Don Ignacio's score: C-

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