Klown (2012)

The best role models are always the most random.

Frank (Frank Hvam) is trying so desperately to prove to his girlfriend that he’s father-material, even if everything that it seems like he’s doing is proving otherwise. He surprises her with sex in the middle of the night, and he’s seen as a perv; he gets nice and pretty things, and he seems like a sugar daddy; he shows his soft side, and he’s seen as a softy. But this time around, Frank wants to prove that he’s got the goods to make a solid father and in order to prove this, he decides to kidnap his girlfriend’s 12-year-old nephew, Bo (Marcuz Jess Petersen), on a little trip of sorts. Normally, this would be all fine, dandy and relatively sweet, but where Frank’s taking Bo is on a trip that he and his friend Casper (Casper Christensen) call “Tour de Pussy”. Though Casper is initially against Bo coming on the trip, as well as he should be, he eventually gives into the fact and embraces it – doing everything that he normally would, with Frank occasionally joining in on the festivities.

Learning how to swim, but in the Danish way.
Learning how to swim, but in the Danish way.

A movie like Klown makes me wonder why more comedies in America aren’t nearly as good. It’s the kind of comedy that gets everything right, that not only every comedy should get right, but every movie in general; it’s got hilarity, a little bit of heart, some neat little twists and turns, and most of all, likable and well-written characters that you actually do want to watch more of. And heck, it even clocks in just under an-hour-and-a-half, making it the rare short movie that, quite honestly, I could have watched for another hour or two.

Can’t remember the last time I said that about a movie, let alone, a comedy.

But that’s the magic of Klown – it’s the one rare exception to most R-rated, raunchy comedies out there that seem as if they’re just trying so desperately hard to make its audience laugh, that they fall over themselves, laying in a puddle of their own filth. Some people love that, which is fine, but for me, I prefer the raunch to come from a smart, special place, where it all feels earned and is as disgusting as you can usually get. Call me a sick individual, or whatever you want, but trust me, when raunch works in a movie, it can work like gangbusters and that’s one of the real beauties of Klown – it’s raunchy-as-all-hell, but man, does it ever work.

If anything, Klown could definitely be described as a crazy mixture of Curb Your Enthusiasm, with a real Adult Swim tone and feel; the situations that these characters get themselves into are, yes, a little predictable and expected, but they’re so subversive, so wrong, and so damn evil, that they’re incredibly hard not to enjoy or laugh at. Case in point, there’s quite a few times here where you know the punch-line is going to be coming very, very soon, but because it’s been so jacked-up over time, and there’s a real great bit of energy to the whole film, that you just laugh your pants off when the time comes.

Yeah, doesn't get anymore embarrassing.
Yeah, doesn’t get anymore embarrassing.

In fact, Klown is so chock full of laughs that it’s really difficult to pin-point the funniest moments.

And that, my friends, is when you know you have a great comedy on your hands – it doesn’t try too hard to make you laugh and because of that, it works oh so perfectly. But really, I’ve got to give all of the success of Klown, to both Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen, who not only star in the movie as crazy versions of themselves, but even wrote the damn thing, too. To say that these two are some sick, twisted and messed-up individuals, would be predictable and not quite right; they’re screwed-up, but they’re also incredibly talented in knowing how to write a quick, entertaining movie, but also never forgetting about their trademarks. While I’ve never seen the show that this movie is based on, if anything, it makes me want to check it out, just to know what these two guys have to offer to the world of comedy and also, whether or not they’re funnier to watch than most American products out there.

Call me unAmerican, call me what you will, but if something’s funny, I’m going to watch it and enjoy the hell out of it. Regardless of where it comes from.

Consensus: Downright vile and almost inhumane, Klown is the sort of comedy from the wrong side of the tracks that so rarely gets made, yet, also doesn’t ever seem to work well, with nearly as much heart, humor and subversiveness as it has.

9 / 10

One, big, happy Danish family.
One, big, happy Danish family.

Photos Courtesy of: Indiewire, Aidy Reviews

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