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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Ribald bowling comedy is vintage Farrelly brothers.

Movie PG-13 1996 114 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

A nice slapstick comedy

Parents need to know there are two versions of this film, an original theatrical cut and a director supervised extended edition. The theatrical cut is PG-13 and the extended cut is rated R. Being a Farrely brothers movie there is some crude sexual content/innuendos, a few swear words thrown about, some violence mostly slapstick and drug and alcohol content. Overall a very funny slapstick comedy best suited for 14+
age 14+

Inappropriate at times

I good funny comedy, but can be inappropriate sometimes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

KINGPIN is the Farrelly Brothers at their more inventive, with sneaky, imaginative, and beautifully timed gags. If you want gross-out humor, this is the brand that works best because it usually (not always) just hints at the extreme stuff, rather than showing too much (although Harrelson's vomiting scenes do tend to go a little far). The gradual corruption of the unworldly Amish "lad" (the burly Quaid is anything but boyish, yet acts the part of a naive innocent beautifully) is hysterical, yet refrains from being actually offensive, since he remains a fundamentally decent person throughout, and his Bible-centered lifestyle (or at least the naivete borne out of it) works a change in the morality of the impious characters of Roy and "whore" Claudia.

Bill Murray's sleazoid villain is a real scene-stealer, and the finale neatly reverses what viewers have come to expect from an "underdog" sports-flick ending, even in goofball comedies like Dodgeball. The longer-than-typical running time for a comedy might make some viewers restless, if they aren't as caught up in the craziness.

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