The King of Kong

The King of Kong

A Fistful of Quarters

Streaming Video - 2007
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In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule! A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong. Steve and Billy engage in a cross-country duel to see who could set the high score and become the King of Kong! Along the way, both men learn valuable lessons about what it means to be a father, a husband, and a true champion - discovering that you don't always need to win to be a winner.
Publisher: [United States] : New Line : Made available through hoopla, 2007
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 90 min.)) : sd., col

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saturno1
Aug 24, 2017

Fantastic documentary! When referring to people trying to get in to the Guiness Book of World Records, the daughter of one of the top contenders competing for the highest score in Donkey Kong said it best. "Some people sort of ruin their lives to be in there."

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Nursebob
Nov 14, 2016

Portraying Wiebe as a downtrodden yet loveable family man whose entire life has been one big disappointment after another and Mitchell, a successful entrepreneur, as a monumental douche with an ego to match (and a ridiculously outdated rockabilly hairdo) Gordon kicks objectivity to the curb and instead delivers a geeky David vs Goliath smackdown of epic proportions. The fact that both men are actually friends in real life and have protested Gordon’s skewing of the truth hardly matters as the director charges headfirst into the cutthroat culture of arcade competitions where Machiavellian schemings and zealous referees determine who gets a place in the record books and just about everyone seems to be exhibiting one psychiatric diagnosis or another. The talking heads are funny (this stuff is serious, man!), the background history fascinating, and Gordon keeps the pace as brisk as the retro games themselves. Be sure to stay through the closing credits.

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BridgettM
Aug 05, 2016

A hilarious documentary is a rarity, and this one is funnier than most comedy films. It feels a bit like Rocky and a lot like a Christopher Guest mockumentary (Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, etc.). Its director Seth Gordon went on to direct Four Christmases, Freakonomics, Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief.

gribbles Sep 27, 2013

Hard to believe until you watch this! Battle of good vs. evil and the battleground is...King Kong. Full of 80s arcade nostalgia.

When I saw this movie at my beloved Alamo Drafthouse they introduced it as the battle of good vs evil. I thought to myself "well that is a bit over the top don't you think?" Afterwards I was like "holy s**t! that really was the battle of good vs evil. This movie is a MUST SEE!

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shadynz
Jul 06, 2011

Worst. Movie. Ever.

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Kuma
Jan 04, 2011

Interesting and fun to watch. Felt odd to see all those old games I used to play.

Generally speaking this can be for most ages, however, there is a brief moment in the middle of the film where there are some old playgirl layouts which some parents may feel inappropriate for their children to see.

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FloatingGravyBoat
Nov 30, 2010

I love documentaries with quirky subject matter. This is the best of human drama, highly entertaining!

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bobfrombob
Apr 13, 2010

If I told you this movie revolves around a guy who claims the world record for Donkey Kong, the self-appointed referee of the gaming world, and a guy who loses his job and decides to go for the Donkey Kong world record, would you think some of these people might be a little bit weird? Of course they are weird – who wants to see a movie about normal people. And in fact, the guy going for the record seems remarkably well adjusted, but perhaps that’s only in contrast to the other two who are batshit crazy.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story but the basic plot line is above. And I really enjoyed it. I found myself rooting for some of the characters and rooting against others. And I learned there’s a whole little world out there that most of us know nothing about.

Recommended by me.

kpalichuk Sep 08, 2009

I had no idea that videogames were this competitive.

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