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Actors: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel, Chris Elliot

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Roy Munson (Harrelson) is raised to be a bowler by his humble but dotting father. When he is older he is given his dad's watch and sets off to take the PBA Tour by storm. Right away he runs across Big Ernie McCracken (Murray), a hustler and a bowler who will do anything to win. “Big Ern” isn't happy to see a young talented bowler move in on his turf. He puts sugar in Munson's gas tank and gets him involved in an illegal bowling hustle for money. The ruse is discovered and Munson's hand is lost in the ball return by the disgruntled losers.

Many years later, Munson is a hard luck case living in a dump with an unpleasant landlady constantly hounding him for the overdue rent money. As a traveling bowling supplies salesman, Munson comes upon a young Amish man named Ishmael (Quaid) who bowls. He talks him into coming with him in order to make enough money to save the family farm. Munson proceeds to coach Ishmael and ride his talent back to the big leagues in the form of the upcoming Reno Open.

Along the way they meet Ms. Claudia (Angel), a small time hood's sexy girlfriend who has been slapped around one time too many. She seems to be their good luck charm and helps the boys win $40,000 in small time hustles as they drive across the country to Nevada. Munson and Claudia argue the whole time over what is best for Ishmael. She double-crosses them by taking off with the loot, after it is learned she was once Big Ern's girl and her ex-boyfriend shows up in Reno.

Munson has to enter himself in the Open after Ishmael breaks his bowling hand and makes it to the finals against none other than Big Ern. He loses the heartbreaking match, but manages to come out on top by getting an endorsement deal with a prophylactic manufacturer. Munson is reunited with both Claudia and Ishmael. This is a sports movie spoof with Chris Schenkel and Chris Berman doing bowling play-by-play and non-stop lowbrow humor throughout.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Fletcher








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Kind of sports story:    -   bowling Sports story?    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   sports movies How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   athlete Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Northeast    -   Midwest Misc setting    -   sports arena

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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