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Bill Murray's Last Great Performance
on June 12, 2017
This may be Bill Murray's last great performance. I dare you to try not laughing when he's on screen. And he's barely in the movie.
Kingpin is a great comedy about bowling that may have run into the bad fortune of being released shortly before The Big Lebowski, another bowling movie that's become a cult classic (the Coen Bros., who directed Lebowski, experienced a similar situation in 1990 when their excellent gangster film, Miller's Crossing, was upstaged by Goodfellas; both movies were brilliant, one just got a little more attention). Kingpin is also directed, interestingly enough, by a team of brothers, the same guys responsible for Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary (Mary was the movie that brought these guys the respect they deserved for Kingpin). This is a good movie to own on DVD because a.) you can pop it into the DVD player every few years and the jokes will still work and b.) it's the kind of movie ruined by censorship when it's aired on commercial television.
This kind of comedy, a mixture of gross-out humor with melodrama, has become the standard in Hollywood. Nobody does it quite as well as the Farrelly brothers were doing it in the late 1990s.