We all love to bowl at Stars & Strikes because the game is so much fun, especially when there’s friendly competition between family and friends. We also love watching bowling-themed movies because we can relate to their plots and characters! Here are three of these movies that have remained strong favorites.
The Big Lebowski
When it comes to cult favorites and iconic films, The Big Lebowski is the epitome of both types of films. There’s something so appealing about its idiosyncratic characters, unconventional dialogue, and dream sequences that every generation of moviegoers discover for themselves. In fact, such is its wide appeal that it is in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress!
In the crime comedy film, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), an avid bowler and slacker who lives in Los Angeles, became the victim of mistaken identity. After he was assaulted, he learns that the intended victim was Jeffrey Lebowski, a millionaire whose wife was kidnapped for ransom. He was commissioned by the millionaire to deliver the ransom to the kidnappers and everything seemed to be going to plan.
But when The Dude’s friend wanted to keep the money, nothing goes as planned and mayhem ensues! What happens next? You have to watch The Big Lebowski to know!
The best line from Kingpin is: “You can apply everything about bowling to your daily life.” We have to agree but that’s for another article.
In the sports comedy film by the Farrelly brothers, Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson) is an alcoholic ex-professional bowler who would have accomplished greatness in bowling had he made the right choices earlier in his life. But he may yet find redemption when he becomes the manager for a promising Amish bowler.
Yes, there are so many funny scenes in Kingpin that we have to say that it’s among our favorite movies. Just take a look at the scene with the parakeet with tape around its neck and you will understand why.
The Bowling Alley-Cat
This may be a 1942 movie and an animated one at that but we love the combination of innocence and violence in this Tom and Jerry one-reel animated cartoon. Here, the two legendary cartoon characters play their cat-and-mouse game in an abandoned bowling alley.
These movies are just a few of the numerous bowling-themed movies that have been made and we aren’t surprised by their enduring popularity. Many scenes at bowling alleys will put to shame the works of fiction depicted onscreen and, thus, reinforce the fact that trust is stranger than fiction.