Friday, December 30, 2016

Kingpin (1996) - 2 stars out of 10

Kingpin (1996) - 2 stars out of 10

“Kingpin” is a goofball comedy that isn’t very funny.  I know that it is a well-known fact that you can put Bill Murray into any comedy with a supporting role and his humor will immediately elevate the film, but even that couldn’t save this one.  As a last ditch effort, they featured Blues Traveler dressed in Amish garb during the closing credits song… These are the sorts of things that you can expect to find in “Kingpin.”  Rule number one of goofball comedies: if you make them too vulgar or too mean-spirited, their tone will be completely off.  This is the main issue with the “Hangover” series.  There comes a point where you feel so bad for the characters that you can’t laugh at their misfortune.  This film strikes that note in the first 15 minutes when the main character loses his bowling hand.  I realize that the story is contingent on this event, but they don’t have to smash windshields and aggressively thrust a man’s hand into a bowling ball return.  Woody Harrelson is okay (but definitely not close to his best), Randy Quaid is alright (but not as good as his typical character roles), and the rest of the cast don’t offer much either.  “Kingpin” was a waste of time and I’m going to stick with “Dumb & Dumber” the next time that I want to watch a brainless comedy by The Ferrelly Brothers.

[Pictured: Bill Murray running around with Woody Harrelson’s fake hand is one of the more normal things to happen in this odd film]

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