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  • Summary: In 2000, as the Professional Bowling Association languished near bankruptcy, three ex-Microsoft executives bought the league for five million dollars and set about restoring professional bowling to its former grandeur. This documentary sets out to document the decline and potential revivalIn 2000, as the Professional Bowling Association languished near bankruptcy, three ex-Microsoft executives bought the league for five million dollars and set about restoring professional bowling to its former grandeur. This documentary sets out to document the decline and potential revival of pro bowling. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    hilarious, sometimes rueful, and strangely hip documentary.
  2. 80
    Geared to please audiences of all tastes.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    As easy to enjoy as picking up a spare, and we don't mean a tire around the waist.
  4. If you want a whiff of how unironic the 1970s were, consider bowling, a sport that on any given weekend was broadcast (usually on ABC) with the hushed solemnity of a moon launch.
  5. 70
    Following four players through the first season of Miller's regime, Browne captures not just a high-energy sports spectacle played out in the bowling megaplexes of outer suburbia but, even more interestingly, a clash of cultures between bowling's hallowed past and its possible future.
  6. 70
    Narrows as it goes, and Browne doesn't do enough with the idea of a corporate takeover of a grassroots recreational activity, but Weber's antics and his colleagues' reactions make for fine drama all on their own.
  7. The first 15-20 minutes of this documentary are solid gold.

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  1. JohnM.
    Apr 26, 2006
    7
    Interesting film. I could have used far less of the foul mouthed musclehead look at my biceps guy. But it offers a great look into the life Interesting film. I could have used far less of the foul mouthed musclehead look at my biceps guy. But it offers a great look into the life of a pro bowler. Any serious bowler should want to see this, but it paints a bleak ultra blue collar picture of the game. Expand

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