there’s been talk of an afternoon of bowling among my friends, which always requires me to do the weird thing that is carrying a pair of socks in my purse. which is always super fun when we’re done playing. because of this, i’d like to thank you, mr. bowling-shoe-giver-out-er…
this, of course, has me thinking about the durtbagz bowling bag. which, in case you’re wondering, can easily hold your balls and shoe. ball and shoes. what?
so, all this bowling talk and shoe-giving-out-ing got me thinking about bowling movies. there are two that if you haven’t seen, you haven’t lived.
saying “kingpin” is weird doesn’t even scratch the surface. this isn’t the best part of the movie, although bill muray’s hair makes me laugh harder than anything else in that scene. the best part happens during the first five minutes of the movie, when the little boy jumps over the fence, and takes a nose-dive because he doesn’t quite clear it. watch it over and over, it gets better every time.
a few bits of trivia about this movie:
the person shouting “Ernie, you ‘da man!” at the final showdown, is Will Ferrell. hasn’t he done that in 12 other movies?
jim carey was the first choice of the farrelly brothers to play ernie (bill muray’s character). i think it’s safe to say this movie would have crapped the bed with jim carey in it. he could have never come up with that hair.
chris farley was slated to play ishmael (randy quaid’s role) but his commitment to “black sheep” kept him out of it. whoops-a-daisy.
on to one of the best movies ever made, let alone a great bowling movie.
seeing jeff bridges dance is worth the price of netflix, alone. this is the best bowling movie, of all eight, ever made. if you’re not familiar with the dude, walter, and donnie, i don’t think we can be friends. i mean, hello, it’s a cohen brothers film, which doesn’t mean much for “burn after reading”, but means a ton with this flick. if you haven’t seen it, these little morsels should sway you.
the Jellies sandals that Jeff Bridges wears in the movie were his own. you had me at jellies.
the reason Steve Buscemi‘s character, Donny, is constantly being told to “Shut the f— up!” by Walter (John Goodman), is because Buscemi’s character in Fargo (1996) would not shut up. until he ended up in the wood-chipper.
the word “dude” is used around 161 times in the movie. 160 spoken and once in text in the credits for “Gutterballs” the second dream sequence. the Dude says “man” 147 times in the movie, nearly 1.5 times a minute.
you know, if i were clever, i would have shot the bowling durtbag with a coffee tin full of ashes, a pair of jellies, and white russian mix. but i’m not, so you have to settle for beer and koozies.