‘Queenpins’ Directors Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet on Avoiding the Typical Movie Trope of Best Friends Falling Out in the 2nd Act

They also talk about how Paul Walter Hauser is the secret weapon of the film.

With Queenpins now streaming on Paramount+ for subscribers in the United States, I recently spoke to Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly about writing and directing their original comedy. If you haven’t seen the trailer, Queenpins is inspired by a true story and stars Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as best friends that start a multi-million dollar coupon scam. As you might imagine, this kind of operation draws the interest of law enforcement and it’s up to a loss prevention officer (Paul Walter Hauser) from a local supermarket chain and a determined U.S. postal inspector (Vince Vaughn) to figure out how millions of dollars in coupons are flooding the market. Queenpins also stars Joel McHale, Bebe Rexha, and Stephen Root.

During the interview, Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet talked about why they didn’t want to include the typically movie trope where best friends fall out in the second act, how the foundation of our economy runs on coupons, why coupon culture is ripe for storytelling, how Paul Walter Hauser is the secret weapon of the film, and more.

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