Joe Neumaier
January 10, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Kingpin (Movie - 1996)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray, Randy Quaid
director
Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
distributor
MGM
author
Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D

Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber) may be the unthinking man’s Zucker brothers, but their gleeful grossness works in the surprisingly polished Kingpin. Less garish on video, this goof on The Color of Money is an idiot’s epic about Roy Munson (Harrelson), a born-to-be-great bowling champ whose rival, ”Big Ernie” McCracken (Bill Murray), lets hoods destroy Munson’s hand. Years later, wearing a rubber appendage, Munson meets an Amish bowling savant (Quaid) and takes him to Reno for a showdown with Big Ernie. While Harrelson and Quaid’s white trash/naive Amish combo works, Murray really nails the film’s silly, smarmy tone — his comb-over hairstyle gone bad is the Farrellys’ funniest inspiration.

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