What We Watched: Queenpins, the Movie about Coupon Fraud

What We Watched: Queenpins, the Movie about Coupon Fraud

I’ve been so excited about finally getting back to the theater. In the past month, we’ve been to see Free Guy twice and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings once. Venom and Dear Evan Hanson are on my list of feature films that I’ve been anxiously awaiting, as was Queenpins, the movie about coupon fraud. Last week, Scott and I were sitting down to watch TV while eating lunch and we noticed the Queenpins is available on Paramount+! I’ve been a coupon fanatic for the bulk of my life and have fond memories of using coupons to save money when our marriage was in its infancy. Scott appreciates tolerates my obsession with coupons so when we saw it advertised on the Paramount+ home screen, he launched it. I mean, coupons plus Kristen Bell seemed like a pretty fun combo to me. Normally, I’m all about seeing movies in the theater, but it was kismet that we discovered it was available to stream.

If you aren’t familiar with the film, it’s based on the real-life fraud case involving women in Arizona creating an illegal business selling unauthorized coupons. And we aren’t talking chump change here. The original scheme involve 40 MILLION dollars in fake coupons. If you’ve ever received a (free product) coupon from a company after sending a complaint (or sometimes a compliment) about their service or product, then you already know the groundwork for the movie. Queenpins revolves around that concept and the idea of selling coupons in bulk via the internet.

Coupons plus Kristin Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste equals STX Films' Queenpins, a movie about a multi-million dollar coupon fraud. - SahmReviews.com

Queenpins is about two women who are down on their luck, each for different reasons. Connie (Kristen Bell) has racked up hefty debts after multiple unsuccessful fertility treatments. Her neighbor and best friend, JoJo (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) is struggling with the carnage left as a victim of identity theft.

Coupons plus Kristin Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste equals STX Films' Queenpins, a movie about a multi-million dollar coupon fraud. - SahmReviews.com

They stumble across an idea for how to procure and sell coupons and are surprised by how successful their entrepreneurial efforts become. Private jets, lavish cars and plenty of cash are a few of the things they were able to purchase with the profits. It was all going just fine until a grocery chain’s loss prevention specialist realized something fishy was going on and spearheaded an effort to take down the criminals.

Coupons plus Kristin Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste equals STX Films' Queenpins, a movie about a multi-million dollar coupon fraud. - SahmReviews.com

Let’s be clear; Queenpins was inspired by the original story. The characters are different. Not only their backstory, but also how many. The method in which they acquired the coupons was changed as well. Even who headed up the investigation doesn’t match up with what happened in real life. I guess we’re supposed to feel sorry for them and agree that what they are doing is okay. It’s not. Stealing is stealing, even under the guise of Robin Hood.

I really, REALLY wanted to love the movie, but can’t say that I did. I felt compelled to watch the entire thing in hopes that it would redeem itself, but I cannot say that it did.

Aligned with the premise of the movie, I feel the need to point out the takeaway: We saved a lot of money by skipping the movie theater and streaming it on Paramount+. If you don’t have a subscription, you can sign up for a free trial. And the extra bonus… that same subscription gives us awesome originals like Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek Picard, network shows like Survivor and a host of movies, sporting events and more.

What is a movie that left you feeling disappointed?

Nicole

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Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

22 comments on «What We Watched: Queenpins, the Movie about Coupon Fraud»

  1. Michael Shea says:

    Might be fun.

  2. Donna L says:

    This looks interesting!

  3. Penny Branson LeBaron says:

    An interesting take for a female heist movie

  4. Tony Platz says:

    I have not seen it yet but the previews look good .

  5. EMMA L HORTON says:

    UNBELIEVEABLE….I USE COUPONS TO SHOP … A LOT LESS NOW…THERE ARE NOT THAT MANY OUT THERE NOW TO CLIP AND USE….MAYBE DIGITALLY.

  6. Rania Drosinou says:

    It looks intersting

  7. Thanay Binford says:

    my wife would love this movie

    1. Rachael DeBates says:

      I’d watch this

  8. Pete Donegan says:

    I had Hope’s that Venom would be decent, was pretty disappointed about the results. Then when Venom 2 came out I was hopeful they’d made improvements. Nope

  9. Pete Donegan says:

    Queenpins doesn’t seem all that interesting

  10. Pavlos says:

    I might like this!

  11. Darren Green says:

    I love Kristen Bell. I’ll have to check out this movie!

  12. Jessica Peeling says:

    Interesting idea for a movie! I’d definitely give it a watch

  13. Sue E says:

    I would watch this movie. Coupons are near and dear to me. I used to cut them faithfully!
    I loved double coupon day. Now they have expiration dates that are only good about two weeks. I still have some with NO expiration date! Now most of the companies want you to download their apps and print them out. A lot of stores won’t take them! If it’s a B1G1Free coupon, they want your driver’s license and fingerprints! It’s ridiculous! It’s a waste of ink, paper, and time! Damned coupon frauders!! They ruined it for all that are just trying to save some money! Sorry that I went off on a tangent!!

  14. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Interesting, I hadn’t even heard of this one!

  15. StrPap says:

    I haven’t watched it yet but it certainly looks interesting

  16. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I haven’t watched it, but I’d like to. I’ve used coupons all my adult life-I think it would interest me.

  17. Ed says:

    The preview looks good. Might be worth a watch

  18. Elena says:

    Looks cute..

  19. DIANE ERAL says:

    I have not heard of this movie before. The previews look good. I would watch it.

  20. Amanda says:

    I will watch anything that Kristian Bell plays in. This one looks pretty good.

  21. Kelly Freeman says:

    I probably won’t watch this one. I have six kiddos at home so my screen time is extremely limited.

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