Based on a true story, the comedy “Queenpins” stars Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as best friends who launch the largest multi-million-dollar coupon scam in U.S. history.
Five things to know:
- Kristen and Kirby are good friends in real life. They formed a close bond after working together on “House of Cards,” “The Good Place,” followed by the reboot of “Veronica Mars.”
- “Queenpins” also stars Joel McHale as Kristen’s character’s husband, Vince Vaughn as a U.S. postal inspector and Paul Walter Hauser as a loss prevention officer from a local supermarket chain. Together Vince and Paul join forces to solve the mystery of the coupon caper.
- Singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha makes her feature film acting debut, playing Tempe Tina, an eccentric computer hacker brought on to help out in the counterfeit coupon operation. “Filming with Kirby and Kristen, I was so nervous, Rexha said. “This is my first time doing this. It’s my first time ever. I don’t know how movies work. I went onto set, I was just so nervous. But they made the process so fun. They guided me through it. They were so patient. I had the best time ever.”
- Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, a husband-and-wife writing and directing team, discovered the real-life story that inspired their film by searching the remote corners of the internet and landed on a coupon blog that talked about the coupon caper. Pullapilly recalls how she discovered the story of the multi-million-dollar coupon scam: “I went down the rabbit hole of search engines, eventually landing on a coupon blog that talked about the coupon scam. Aron and I were immediately drawn to the story and had to understand it more. We reached out to the investigator on the case, who was able to provide us with the police reports and the criminal court case. It turns out 96% of Americans have used coupons. There’s a whole psychological aspect to coupons we never knew existed. It all sounded so unbelievable and over the top, and we knew the story had the makings for a great comedy.
- “Queenpins” is streaming now on Paramount+.