Klown

  • Review Date: July 25, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Extremely vulgar, racy, awkward comedy from Denmark.
  • Review Date: July 25, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

In spite of an enormous amount of problematic behavior, the movie has a pro-family message. Viewers root for the main character to discover his inner father and bond with a young boy.

Positive role models

No role models here. In spite of Klown's pro-family message, the behavior in this movie is unendingly stupid and offensive, and most of it is exhibited in front of a 12-year-old boy.

Violence

A gun is pulled and used to threaten and intimidate, but it isn't fired. Lots of arguing. There's a bloody nose, and a character's significant other bashes his face with a vase. After a night of what seems like consensual sex, a woman says that she feels "violated and abused."

Sex

Extremely strong sexual content. One scene takes place at a high-class brothel with full-frontal female nudity. One of the male leads is seen fully naked, and the other is seen mostly naked. Two men go on what they term a "Tour de P---y" in the company of a 12-year-old boy. One of the main characters has sex with many partners. He tries to seduce high school girls and is accused of rape. While one male character has sex with a woman, the other male character inserts his finger in her anus. Simulated sex between both same-sex and opposite-sex partners. A character tries to make a "pearl necklace" (not shown). Abortion is mentioned. There's much conversation about the boy's small "willie" and almost constant innuendo.

Language

Language (in English subtitles) is extremely strong and constant. Words include "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "hell," "balls," "moron," "blow job," "goddamn," "damn it," and more.

Consumerism

Characters drink Underberg, an alcoholic bitter in a tiny bottle, in order to collect bottle caps and win a prize (a toy car). Americans won't know much about this, but it's a real drink in Europe.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Main characters drink almost constantly -- mostly Underberg, an alcoholic bitter, but also beer during a festival and wine/champagne at a wedding. They also smoke pot in one major scene.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Klown is an extremely vulgar Danish comedy (with English subtitles). Based on a TV series, it's a combination of the type of awkward comedy made famous by The Office, etc. and the "man child" humor typified by grown men acting very immaturely. There's almost constant swearing (subtitled words include "f--k," "s--t," and many more) and arguing, with a couple of bouts of violence and a bloody nose. Strong sexual content includes full-frontal nudity, main characters having multiple sex partners, and tons of sexual innuendo. Characters also drink almost constantly and smoke pot in one major scene. It may prove a cult hit for certain viewers, but it's definitely not for kids or teens.

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What's the story?

At a wedding, dopey, clueless Frank (Frank Hvam) learns that his girlfriend is pregnant -- and that she's thinking of getting an abortion because she's not sure about his fathering skills. On his way to an annual canoe trip with his buddy, Casper (Casper Christensen), Frank decides to "kidnap" 12-year-old Bo (Marcuz Jess Petersen) -- his nephew, whom he's already charged with babysitting -- to prove that he can take care of him. Unfortunately, this canoe is headed on a journey of debauchery, drinking, drugs, and sex, and Frank makes all the wrong decisions. Will Frank ever find his inner dad?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

"You're the biggest moron I know," says Casper to Frank, and he may be right. This kind of "comedy of discomfort" may appeal to some viewers, but it takes awhile for many people to develop goodwill for intentionally idiotic characters, and KLOWN simply isn't long enough for that. (Europeans may have an advantage over Americans in that regard, having had access to several seasons of the Klown TV series before this movie was produced).

Each and every situation here is designed to make viewers squirm -- and, as a side effect, laugh out of shock and discomfort. The movie's documentary-like approach, with hand-held cameras and fly-on-the-wall zooms, has become all too familiar and doesn't help much with the movie's shock factor. And though Klown might have benefited from building a little sweetness, it sabotages itself by leaving off on a sour note.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Klown's strong sexual content. Which parts are meant mostly for shock value?

  • Are the characters admirable in any way? Are they intended to be? Does Frank learn to become a better father after his adventure?

  • How does the movie's dynamic change by introducing a 12-year-old boy into the story?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 27, 2012
DVD release date:September 25, 2012
Cast:Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam, Marcuz Jess Petersen
Director:Mikkel Norgaard
Studio:Drafthouse Films
Genre:Comedy
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use

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The Enlightened West...

More evidence of the overwhelming decline in the West of culture, values, morality and cinema. Empty, cliched and utterly devoid of meaning. Seek inspiration elsewhere.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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