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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 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. 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.
  4. While the movie is strong on the history of its subject, it allows some yawns to enter its own account of a big, heavily hyped tournament. Still, it's very entertaining.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Christopher Browne's fun, surprisingly exciting film probably won't convert anyone convinced that bowling is something you do while downing fish sticks and beer. But it may teach them a newfound respect for the sport's champions.
  7. Directing his first feature, Christopher Browne shows flair and determination in getting the movie's pathos down pat, but he can't quite find enough that is pleasurable in its many reels.

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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 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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