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“The King of Kong” is one of those outlandish documentaries that you find yourself wondering, why it hasn’t become a Will Ferrell movie already. In the nitty gritty underground world of classic arcade games, there are two foes: Billy Mitchell, the record holder for highest score set for Donkey Kong in 1982 and current Hot Sauce manufacturer, and Steve Wiebe, the unemployed proud father and husband who finds consolation trying to beat the Billy’s record in his garage. The scores of the two are moderated by Walter Day, a man that bares a striking resemblance to Old Blue from “Old School” and wears a striped referee shirt to boot. As the documentary digs deeper into their world, you can’t help but shake your head at the absurdity of this subculture. But the truth is, “King of Kong” is an honest underdog story. Like any other good film that revolves around a juicy competition, there is backstabbing, cheating, conspiracy and even grown men crying. It’s all absolutely ridiculous and worth every quarter.