‘Queenpins’ Review: Suburban Scammers

“Queenpins” might need been a quick little comedy had it misplaced 20 minutes and located some extent past glorifying grand larceny. Erasing the lead character’s smug-perky narration wouldn’t have damage, both.

Set primarily in suburban Phoenix, Ariz. — with pit stops in different dehydrated places — the film smiles on Connie (Kristen Bell), a cash-strapped coupon cutter whose bland good cheer masks a determined longing for a kid.

“You’re trying to replace a baby with coupons,” her husband (Joel McHale), a withdrawn I.R.S. agent, precisely observes earlier than largely disappearing from the story. Connie’s true companion, although, is JoJo (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), a bubbly neighbor and vlogger searching for a break. Together, they hatch a scheme to steal coupons from a printing facility in Mexico and promote them on YouTube. What might presumably go unsuitable?

Written and directed by the husband-and-wife group of Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, “Queenpins,” impressed by precise occasions, can’t resolve if its pink-collar criminals are fools or geniuses. Neither can the 2 males on their path: a businesslike postal inspector (Vince Vaughn, starved for first rate traces) and the film’s true hero, Ken Miller (a wonderful Paul Walter Hauser), an officious loss-prevention officer for a grocery store chain. Ken’s eager for respect makes him a ridiculous, even pathetic determine; however he has a dogged, shabby sense of honor that the movie views as a joke and repeatedly undermines.

Making no secret of the place its sympathies lie, “Queenpins” scampers towards its ludicrous conclusion with much less concern for logic than for guaranteeing that everybody will get what she or he needs. With the potential exception of the viewers.

Rated R for iffy language and icky conduct. Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes. In theaters and on Paramount+.