Film review: Sex, Death and Bowling


Check out our film review for “Sex, Death and Bowling” below!


Eli McAllister, our eleven-year-old hero, is on a quest. He is also setting out to win The Fiesta Cup, a local bowling tournament. Joining him is his famous fashion designer uncle, Sean McAllister (Adrian Grenier.) Sean hasn’t spent time with his family – specifically his father – for years. But now he has come home to spend time with his older brother, Eli’s father. Thrown into the tournament as his ailing brother’s substitute, Sean clashes 20719806021_e7a0e3a313_bwith his father as old wounds are opened. But instead of reliving the past, they pull together to bowl their best for Eli who stands to lose so much. Funny, sweet and soulful – SEX, DEATH AND BOWLING takes us on a journey to learn that the secret to life is loving what you have – even if it is just a split.

“Sex, Death and Bowling”  gives the viewer a peek into the inner lives of one family over a short few days.  I won’t lie; there’s no sex.  There is, however,  death (its kinda obvious so I don’t think this needs to be a spoiler alert) and there is a lot of bowling.  And references to bowling.  And bowling stories.  And bowling metaphors.  And, well, bowling is this family’s “thing.”  Its their constant in a lifetime of evolutions and changes.  And that is ultimately, what is interesting about 20090410954_7e89885284_bthe family: how they navigate the rapid changes in their world over the course of a few days.  I will admit to getting a bit misty-eyed at the end, but this is not a depressing, Big Life Message, movie.  It is more a discussion of how the past can impact the present and create a new future.  And, BONUS, Adrian Grenier, is yummy-looking throughout.  That alone, would make this movie worthy of a Friday-night at home, but the movie is actually good.

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“Sex, Death and Bowling” is now available on VOD and DVD