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These movie classics could bowl you over with laughs

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So your bowling league is taking a break for the holidays and you're in need of a bowling fix?

Why not take in a DVD of an oldie-but-goodie bowling flick? Specifically, the laugh-out-loud classics "Kingpin" and "The Big Lebowski" are worth watching if you haven't seen them.

And even if you have, you may want to consider watching again.

"The Big Lebowski" is a cult favorite that stars Jeff Bridges as Jeff Lebowski, an unemployed slacker in L.A. and an avid bowler who refers to himself as "The Dude."

Of the two movies, "The Big Lebowski" has received more acclaim and there even is an annual "Lebowski" festival that pays tribute to the movie. "The Big Lebowski" was released in 1998 and was rated No. 31 in Bravo's 100 funniest movies.

"Kingpin," rated No. 67 by Bravo, is a 1996 slapstick movie that follows Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson) as he plans to leave his small Iowa hometown to join the Professional Bowlers Assn. Tour. Munson's mission becomes much more difficult after he suffers a devastating hand injury.

"The Big Lebowski" has generated more attention of the two movies, but "Kingpin" may be more worthy. The late move critic, Gene Siskel, put "Kingpin" on his list of the 10 best films of the year. The movie packs a punch and will bowl you over with snickers.

So take your pick.

But either movie might get your holiday season rolling.

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