Doing for the ice-rink-based sport of curling what "Kingpin" did for bowling or "Dodgeball" did for.., er, dodgeball, raucous Norwegian laffer "King Curling" reps a hilarious take on the mockheroic sporting-underdog genre! Pic throws a spotlight mostly on massive local comedy star Atle Antonsen, who co-wrote and stars as a champ who must overcome odds to win a crucial match, but co-writer-helmer Ole Endresen ensures the rest of his skilled cast all get a chance to score laughs. Made with pro polish, pic is funny enough, even in translation, to travel beyond Norway, where it's put up high B.O. numbers.
CREDITS: Directed by Ole Endresen. Screenplay, Endresen, Ate Antonsen. Reviewed at London Film Festival (Cinema Europa), Oct. 22, 2011. Running time: 78 MIN.
With: Atle Antonsen, Linn Skaber, Ane Dahl Torp, Kare Conradi, Jon Oigarden, Steinar Sagen, Jan Saelid, Anne Marit Jacobsen, Ingar Helge Gimle, Magnus Devoid, Else Kass Furuseth, Harald Eia, Bard Tufte Johansen.
(Norwegian, English dialogue)