Back in the 90s, if you were looking for a road trip movie filled with boyish bathroom humor and goofy comedy, you’d never be far from a Farrelly Brothers movie. After paving the way with Dumb and dumb, his second feature film, Cornerstone, made sure the world of ten-pin bowling was never seen the same way again. The Farrellys knew how to take advantage of the raucous comedies of the 80s and combine the most outrageous parts of them, before putting it all into eleven. What Cornerstone Reaching its 25th anniversary, was it the film worthy of its low viewership ratings and box office return, or was it an underrated, if slightly tainted, gem.

Kingpin tells the story of Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson), a bowler who after winning a contest against the somewhat deranged Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray) ends up losing his hand and is forced to end his career. Flashfoward seventeen years old, and Roy is balding, out of shape, like a failed salesman, who has very little going for him. When his landlady doesn’t force him to do sexual favors to help him pay the rent, Munson manages to bump into Ishmael Boorg (Randy Quaid), whom he sees as a potential bowling champion and his ticket back to the big time as his coach.

Their bowling adventures and rush lead them to the inevitable showdown with McCracken, but when Ishmael breaks his hand trying to hit Munson’s opponent, Munson must face McCracken in a showdown for a $ 1 million prize, and ends up with McCracken winning by a single pin. . As a consequence, Munson decides to change his life, he receives a considerable amount of money from his future girlfriend, McCracken receives an off-screen reward, and overall, it’s a happy ending for everyone.

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At its launch, Cornerstone he certainly had his fans, but compared to Dumb and dumbWith a whopping $ 247 million gross, it generated a measly $ 32 million, just to cover expenses. Similarly, critics criticized the film for being “vulgar and petty” and it still only now only has a 50% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, not everything is as sad for the film as it seems, since in recent years it has found more fans and applause than you might expect.

In addition to being featured on a number of “Most Underrated Movies of the 1990s” lists, Kingpin also landed on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies list at No. 68, and in 2018 ranked the film as Woody Harrelson’s second best film. The biggest puzzling of the film is how it fared so poorly at the box office. Considering the performance of Dumb and Dumber, and Hay’s even better brute Something about mary, Cornerstone It should have at least broken the $ 100 million mark, but perhaps without the comedy push from someone like Jim Carey or Ben Stiller, even a stellar side spin from Bill Murray wasn’t enough to draw a crowd.

Despite starting out on Cheers, Harrelson wasn’t really known for his comedy roles, but his near-straight performance in Kingpin really deserves more praise than he gets, and is actually a worthy predecessor to his more recent horror comedy Zombieland, which also starred in a great Bill Murray twist. There was a certain comic moment in his performance that made the ridiculousness of the events going on around him work in a way that an actor better known for comedy would have possibly exaggerated. Supported by Randy Quaid’s overly innocent Ishmael, Vanessa Angel as his love interest, and Bill Murray’s manic McCracken, Harrelson’s Munson is someone who’s easy to root for and the movie itself is one that will likely continue to be referenced in. relationship. in the 90s, as are Porky’s and Caddyshack in the 80s.

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