Unfortunately, Laurel Lanes is not open 24 hours a day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your bowling fix while waiting for our doors to unlock in the morning. Thanks to some pretty great bowling movies you can enjoy bowling from the comfort of your own home. Let’s take a look at some movies that feature bowling as their focal point.
Kingpin is a movie for all those who like a comeback story! This movie starts off following a young bowler Roy Munson, played by Woody Harrelson, on his journey to becoming a professional bowler. While on a bowling tour he wins against a pro named Ernie McCracken, played by Bill Murray. McCracken seeks revenge after being embarrassed because he was defeated by Roy. This ultimately results in Roy’s downfall as a professional bowler, when McCracken convinces Roy to con some amateur bowlers. The amateurs get upset and force Roy’s hand into a ball return, resulting in him losing his bowling hand. Years later Roy is an alcoholic struggling to pay rent when he comes across a young-Amish bowler who he sees potential in. He convinces Ishmael Boorg, played by Randy Quaid, to tighten up his skills and compete to win $1 million in Reno.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
If you are into a unique kind of humor The Big Lebowski is for you! Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, played by Jeff Bridges, is a lazy middle-aged bowler. He is mistaken for a millionaire who shares the same name and beaten up. The two henchman claim he owes them money until they realize they have the wrong Jeff Lebowski and one pees on his rug (yep, you read that right). Lebowski is furious and explains to his bowling pals that he wants compensation for his ruined rug. The trio confront the other Lebowski in hopes that he would pay for the destroyed rug. They end up taking the other Lebowski’s rug causing the rest of the movie to be a journey they were not expecting.
This movie takes place in England and shows us a different kind of bowling called Lawn Bowls. The main character, Cliff Starkey played by Paul Kaye, is a rebellious punk with grungy clothes. This look is frowned upon in the world of his local bowls club. Because of Starkey’s lack of rule following he gets banned for fifteen years by the local lawn bowls association. An American sports agent, Rick Schwartz, played by Vince Vaughn, picks up Starkey and brands him as the “bad boy of bowls.” Starkey’s transforms the way people see the sport turning it into a competitive sport with his trick shots. He might meet a pretty lady along the way too.
Well, that sums up some blowing movies. We hope these come in handy in your spare time away from our lanes! See you when our doors open!