Movie Review: Klown
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The title sequence for Danish comedy "Klown" features some jaunty music reminiscent of early '70s TV shows. The theme is fitting in that the film is a bit of broad slapstick, but misleading in the sense that the risqué subject material of the movie would never have been seen on '70s television.
Frank is a bit of a floundering wimp. He's the ugliest guy in his book club, and his newly pregnant girlfriend doesn't think he has what it takes to be a dad. His best friend Casper, however, seems to have the world on a string. He looks like David Bowie, lives in a sweet modern house, has a gorgeous girlfriend, can charm the pants off man or woman, and has concocted a brilliant scheme to get both him and Frank out of town for the weekend, away from their ladies and in touch with some much more intriguing ones.
Casper and Frank tell their girlfriends they are going on a canoe trip, but it's really just a clever ruse to head to a rare brothel that opens one night a year and take in a local music festival. If this is what really goes down in Denmark, its tourism industry may see a spike in the coming months.
But Casper's grand plan has a serious problem. Frank the pushover has agreed to bring along his friends' 10-year-old son, Bo, whom Frank and his girlfriend were charged with baby-sitting. By taking care of the kid and showing him a good time, Frank intends to prove to his girlfriend that he is father material. Naturally, hedonistic Casper has little interest in playing nanny on what is meant to be a weekend that would make Bacchus blush.
Despite Frank's best intentions to juggle both his friend's desires and his quasi-paternal duties, the camping trip devolves into a series of lewd sexual high jinx and humiliation fueled by high-grade marijuana and German liquers.
Part "Vacation" and part "Wet Hot American Summer" for grown ups, "Klown," which played at last year's Fantastic Fest and is being distributed by Austin's Drafthouse Films, is a hysterical and bawdy romp that plays off innocent and likable Frank's ability to always end up in a bad situation despite his desire to do the right thing.
Young Bo is made the target of some "Hangover"-type juvenile sexual humor that may make the comedy a hard sell for more timid audiences. But at its heart, "Klown" is a riotous buddy comedy that derives much of its humor from the "Odd Couple" of Frank and Casper. Cue the music.
Contact Matthew Odam at 912-5986.