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Queenpins is a “comedy” starring Kristen Bell, Vince Vaughn, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Paul Walter Hauser, and with a cast like that and a true-crime inspiration, one might imagine the film would have made a bigger dent when it (briefly) stopped by theaters in September and then premiered last week on Paramount+. We ran the trailer for it back in July, but I otherwise completely forgot that it existed until I saw a promo for it while dialing up Paramount+ to watch Evil.

The reason Paramount+ likely didn’t waste a lot of money promoting it — even as a means to lure new subscribers — is because it is decidedly middling, the kind of movie that’s not nearly as good as its premise. It’s about two women, Connie (Bell) and JoJo (Howell-Baptiste), who are unhappy with their tedious suburban existences. Cashing in coupons is the only time they feel alive. (Editor’s note: Can you believe Extreme Couponing ran for four seasons?) Connie, for instance, has an entire room devoted to non-perishable grocery items — boxes of cereal, detergent, etc. — she loads up not because she needs them but because she has coupons for the items. “You gotta spend money to save money,” as my old marketing professor used to say.

One day, Connie stumbles upon a coupon hack. If you write an angry letter to the manufacturer, they will send you a coupon for a free item. Connie writes letters to the manufacturers of dozens of products, somehow reasoning that saving $3.75…

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