Who doesn’t love a bargain? Queenpins is giving us Kristen Bell AND Kirby Howell-Baptiste — it looks great fun, and if we’re saying BOGOF afterwards it’ll be for all the best reasons. I’m fully expecting the movie to give me the same dopamine hit I get when my Tesco Clubcard vouchers plop through my letterbox.
The Queenpins story, about two ordinary women who become voucher scammers, looks to have a touch of Robin Hood about it, as they’re ripping off big business while helping out their fellow coupon clippers (and making a hefty profit themselves).
Here’s the synopsis, which is even longer than the unreadable small print on the back of a “10p off your £100 weekly shop” voucher:
Inspired by a true story, QUEENPINS is an outrageous comedy about a bored and frustrated suburban homemaker, Connie (Kristen Bell) and her best pal JoJo (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), a vlogger with dreams, who turn a hobby into a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon caper. After firing off a letter to the conglomerate behind a box of cereal gone stale, and receiving an apology along with dozens of freebies, the duo hatch an illegal coupon club scheme that scams millions from mega-corporations and delivers deals to legions of fellow coupon clippers. On the trail to total coupon dominance, a hapless Loss Prevention Officer (Paul Walter Hauser) from the local supermarket chain joins forces with a determined U.S. Postal Inspector (Vince Vaughn) in hot pursuit of these newly-minted “Queenpins” of pink collar crime.
Queenpins is from writer-directors Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. It stars Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel McHale, with Bebe Rexha and Vince Vaughn.
It’s in US cinemas from STXfilms on 10 September 2021 and is coming soon to Paramount+. I don’t know of a UK release date yet.