The team behindDumb and DumberandThere's Something About Mary--two really stupid, gross-out films that worked and were quite funny--also made this really stupid, gross-out comedy that doesn't work and isn't funny at all. Woody Harrelson stars as a former bowling phenomenon with a hook for a hand, and Randy Quaid is an Amish farmer with a hidden talent for pins. The two join forces and get a sexy business partner (Vanessa Angel), and the film starts looking more and more like a jokey variation ofThe Color of Money.The Color of Money, however, didn't feature jokes about having oral sex with a hideous landlady or defecating in a sink or dragging disgusting stuff out of one's teeth with a length of floss. Bill Murray provides some much-needed relief as Harrelson's ex-partner turned rival. How come this stuff is obnoxious while the equally perverse punch lines ofThere's Something About Maryare a riot? It's a great mystery, all right, but there it is.--Tom Keogh
Seriously, look at that hair during the tournament when Bill Murray is holding up that ball, tell me he doesn't look awesome inspite of looking stupid. Kingpin tells the story of gross, desperate or sleazy people all in the world of bowling and even hits another point on this where our protagonist tells his naive friend "Welcome to my Kingdom" and the friend remarks how he's never been around so many great athletes, meanwhile said athletes are smoking, … more
Promising 70's bowling prodigy is on the outs and finds an Amish bowler with promise and takes him to Reno to win big money. Farrelly Brothers take the stupid/gross comedy they pioneered with Dumb and Dumber and push it further and grosser here.