Clip and quip: Coupon comedy ‘Queenpins’ stockpiles way too many ideas


It offered 20% off, for a famous brand of socks. I didn’t require socks. In any case, 20%? Perhaps I did require socks? I out of nowhere reviewed what Ken, the hapless “misfortune avoidance official” played by a dynamite Paul Walter Hauser, said in the film regarding why individuals use coupons: It’s not normally on the grounds that they need the stuff. It’s the buzz – the “coupon high” or Queenpins they get when they score an arrangement.

This by itself might have made the beginning of a film: the brain science of markdown shopping. However, in the same way as other topics here, it gets jumbled into a befuddling – however regularly profoundly engaging – pastiche of thoughts and styles. Essayist chiefs Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly offer up an editorial on the worth of work. There’s an evaluation of private enterprise, and a charming amigo connection between two ladies with altogether different lives yet shared objectives.


The disgrace is that a magnificent cast might have been better off. Besides Hauser, we have the engaging pair of Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as the coupon hoodlums. Ringer is a specialist at utilizing her perpetually peppy outside to conceal insidious aims, and with respect to Howell-Baptiste, some way or another she makes us pull for her regardless she’s doing -, for example, arranging a firearm deal to a potential traditional civilian army.

Connie (Bell) is a baffled housewife in a cold union with a dry IRS inspector (Joel McHale in a genuinely difficult job). Ineffective ripeness medicines have placed the couple owing debtors.

There’s a certain something, however, that gives Connie fulfillment: coupons. At the grocery store, she’s given a bill of $138.55, yet victoriously gives up a wad of limits to get to $16.45. “That was great,” takes note of the man behind her.


One day Connie eats some lifeless Wheaties and chooses to grumble to the organization. She’s excited to get a coupon for a free box. What’s more, she ponders: What in the event that she had an interminable stockpile of such coupons and could sell them for benefit? She enrolls neighbor JoJo (Howell-Baptiste), who appears to comprehend from the beginning that this might comprise, goodness, wrongdoing?

The couple sorts out that coupons are printed at a production line in Mexico. All they need is an insider. They discover a laborer who procures just $2 an hour and is glad to oblige.

They pile up millions in practically no time. Under the feeling that they need to launder the cash, they purchase a lot of stuff – Lamborghinis, a boat – to sell and make it “clean.” There’s a discourse on remiss firearm laws when they hit a weapon show and purchase up a reserve. “That presumably shouldn’t have been that simple,” muses JoJo.

Regardless, the ladies sail ahead, with no thought that Ken (Hauser), a low not really set in stone to take care of his work competently, is following right after them.

Ken is, from numerous points of view, a jerk. He will not give a helpless old woman a break when she unconsciously presents an invalid coupon for hemorrhoid cream. Told she’s a long-lasting esteemed client, Ken answers he couldn’t care less in case she is Dame Judi Dench.

It’s perplexing, however, how that shrewd line is in a similar film as a bland, overlong scene where Ken soils himself during a stakeout, among other latrine references.

Be that as it may, Ken drives forward, participated in the pursuit by a weapon hauling postal monitor (Vince Vaughn, in a customized job).

Like the examiner, everybody here feels they ought to be better esteemed. “I realized I was worth more,” Connie says at a key second. This by itself would have been an incredible getting sorted out subject. All things being equal, we get a kitchen sink loaded with coupons.

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