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  • Summary: Klown follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they run amok through the Danish countryside, plowing through endless awkward confrontations and unspeakable debaucheries. Hopelessly wrongheaded Frank “kidnaps” the 12-year-old nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential, and they join sex-crazed Casper on his secret adulterous weekend canoe trip. Rampaging through exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, the three paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to the next, all culminating in a surprisingly sentimental portrait of friendship and a final shocking reveal that you'll never be able to unsee. (Drafthouse Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 24, 2012
    91
    For American audiences, each gag has added appeal because it contains an uneasy humor that's often explored but never fully exploited in these parts.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 25, 2012
    80
    It's startlingly funny in an uncomfortable, envelope-pushing way that's all the more effective for how it sneaks up on you.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 25, 2012
    75
    Whenever Klown hits, it's hysterical.
  4. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Aug 2, 2012
    67
    It isn't art, it's will-o-the-wisp thin, but it might well make you squirt your soda through your nose. And as there seem to be a number of people willing to pay good money for that sensation, there's glory for you!
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 27, 2012
    63
    Klown turns out to be one long, brutal life lesson for Hvam's hapless character until it finally crosses the line into just plain creepy at the end.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 24, 2012
    60
    For all its episodic, gleeful inappropriateness, the movie Klown most resembles - not that it tries to or anything - is Alexander Payne's half-soused flight from maturity, "Sideways."
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Jul 25, 2012
    38
    An ostensible Danish "Hangover" that more closely resembles "Two and a Half Men" with nudity and unexpurgated dick jokes.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 12, 2012
    8
    Klown is a dark, bawdy Danish comedy following three deeply flawed, yet somehow sympathetic, male characters on an ill-fated canoe trip. In general, I like Danish comedies, and while not nearly as genius as the movies written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, this had its great moments. The main character Frank is on a mission to prove to his girlfriend that he could be a good father, but since doing so involves kidnapping her per-adolescent nephew to take him on "Tour de **** Frank's efforts are ridiculous. But what made this movie far more enjoyable than it might have been is that by the end you're not really laughing AT Frank anymore but cheering him on as his efforts to connect with the boy become ever more extreme. I recommend Klown to anyone who is not easily offended by risque humor and enjoys comedy with a different rhythm and aesthetic than main stream Americana. Expand

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