Queenpins Movie Review
In a world filled with uncertainty and fear, it is really important to laugh. Writing and directing husband and wife duo Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly understand this sentiment and deliver a delightfully silly and ostentatious comedy. The film works on multiple levels, but above all is laughter.
Touting an all-star cast with the likes of Kristen Bell, Paul Walter Hauser, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn, and Joel McHale, with every one of them bringing their best, and some a whole lot more.
The story about two women who stumble their way into a multi-million-dollar coupon scamming business starts out trying to find its footing by introducing us to the main characters, Connie (Bell) and JoJo (Howell-Baptiste), as well as the world of couponing and saving. While the introductions may be quick the writers do a good job of putting us into the mindset of characters we can relate with. Once the scam begins and we are introduced to all of our characters, the film finds its footing and doesn’t let up.
Ken (Paul Walter Hauser) and Simon (Vince Vaughn) are the authorities involved in trying to stop the scammers, with Hauser being a loss prevention specialist and Vaughn a U.S. Postal Inspector. The two men form a kind of partnership and it’s the best part of the film. Hauser has consistently turned in phenomenal performances, even in films he’s only shared a few scenes. From his first unforgettable introduction to his equally unforgettable stakeout, Hauser absolutely steals every second he is on screen. His chemistry with Vaughn could very well bring about a spin-off film of its own.
The film works as a buddy film, a comedy, and a social commentary on consumerism in the day of massive corporations. The Robin Hood mentality challenges the audience’s morality and the absolute likability of both the criminals and the authorities packs a different kind of punch when it’s all said and done.
There is a lot to like about Queenpins, if you are in the mood to laugh and take your mind off the world, then this is absolutely a must-see.
4 out of 5