1974, 20th Century Fox, 105 min, USA, Dir: Mel Brooks

Director Mel Brooks’ hilariously abby-normal homage to 1930s monster movies - one of the strangest, funniest, most brilliantly conceived comedies since the heyday of the Marx Bros. Gene Wilder (who co-wrote the script) stars as Dr. Frankenstein ("That’s Frahnk-en-steen"), grandson of the famed mad scientist, struggling to breathe life into tap-dancing monster Peter Boyle with demented help from hunchback assistant Marty Feldman, lusty Teri Garr, neurotic girlfriend Madeline Kahn and Frau Blucher herself, Cloris Leachman. Kenneth Mars is outlandishly memorable as one-eyed, one-armed German Inspector Kemp, “ze leader of zis community!” "The biggest problem we had in doing YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN was that we had to do so many takes because we couldn't stop laughing." - Teri Garr.

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.

1998, Universal, 117 min, USA, Dir: Joel Coen

“What do you do for recreation?” “Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.” The Dude (a perfectly cast Jeff Bridges) decides to seek satisfaction when he’s mistaken by some German nihilists for an uptight multimillionaire with the same name, Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). Enlisting the help of his best bowling buddies, short-fuse ’Nam vet Walter (a brilliantly misguided John Goodman) and wimpy Donny (Steve Buscemi), the Dude is determined to get to the bottom of the confusion of identities. With an excellent and appropriately bizarre supporting cast, including a seductive, swing-riding Julianne Moore as Maude Lebowski, John Turturro as bowling rival and pederast “The Jesus,” and Tara Reid as millionaire Lebowski’s bored, pedicured trophy wife.

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