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September 10, 2021

At the Movies: In ‘Queenpins,' a kitchen sink full of ideas

AP National Writer

The timing was perfect. The very moment I sat down to write about “Queenpins,” the inspired-by-actual-events tale of a coupon scheme gone awry, a tantalizing coupon popped up on my screen.

It offered 20 percent off, for a popular brand of socks. I didn't need socks. But 20 percent? Maybe I did need socks? I suddenly recalled what Ken, the hapless “loss prevention officer” played by a terrific Paul Walter Hauser, said in the film about why people use coupons: It's not usually because they need the stuff. It's the buzz — the “coupon high” they get when they score a deal.

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