KINGPIN
1996, MGM Repertory, 113 min, USA, Dir: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

The tagline says it all for this laugh-out-loud lewd fest from the Farrelly brothers: “A movie with a lot of balls.” Roy (Woody Harrelson) would have been the world’s best bowler, if not for the loss of his bowling hand to a gang of ruffians. Now a down-and-out bowling alley supplies salesman with a prosthetic hook for a hand, Roy encounters Ishmael (Randy Quaid), a Quaker runaway who dreams of hitting the bowling big-time, and begins training this newfound protege to become the next king of the bowling lanes. With Bill Murray in fine form as Ishmael’s toughest competition, bowling celebrity Ernie McCracken.


GROUNDHOG DAY
1993, Sony Pictures, 101 min, Dir: Harold Ramis

Self-absorbed weatherman Bill Murray is caught in a freakish time loop, doomed to repeat the same Groundhog Day over and over again until he gets things right. Director Harold Ramis concocts an existential comedy that is funny, intelligent and positively Punxsutawney. With Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot.


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