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Of all the roles that Bill Murray has played in his career, Ernie McCracken is easily in my top five. The funny thing is that Bill Murray is rarely if ever upstaged in a movie. I’m not saying anyone upstaged Murray in Kingpin but I will say that something did: His hair. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard in the theater as I did during the final showdown between he and Woody Harrelson in that film. Speaking of the final showdown, there’s a little known fact about the last 3 strikes that Bill Murry rolls.
Why I love Kingpin – A crude comedy about horrible people
Subtlety isn’t this film’s strong point – most of the jokes concern some bodily function or another, or slapstick violence involving someone’s testicles, sometimes at the same time. What really sets it apart from other ’90s gross out comedies is how genuinely nasty the characters are. At the time of its release many critics, even the ones that liked it, described it as tasteless, vulgar and crude. In one of his most underrated performances, Harrelson is simply hilarious as the stupid, lazy and self-serving Munson.
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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kingpin
And we mean terrible. His bowling was so bad that bowling coaches were brought in to teach him how to look believable just throwing the ball down the lane. Because of this, stand-ins were used for most of the shots of Roy bowling.
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The 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland seems to be a bit polarizing amongst genre fans. Sure, many of us love the film and its clever approach to how people survive in the zombie apocalypse but there are others who find it tiresome and a bit too full of itself. To each their own, I say.
Is there a more beloved actor alive than Bill Murray? The Saturday Night Live veteran can steal a movie by appearing in only a single scene, and the public is happy to instantly forget flops like The Monuments Men and Mad Dog and Glory as long as he keeps churning out things like Moonrise Kingdom and popping up at random Williamsburg parties. We asked our readers to select their favorite Bill Murray movies. Click through to see the results.
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Time to discuss two smaller sports movies both starring Bill Murray (which we only remembered when we did watch the movies for the show, happy accident). First it’s the 1980 cult classic Caddyshack also starring Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield followed by Kingpin with Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid. Also shitty valentines, laying eggs, actors who could have been Pennywise accompanied with the voice impressions and more.