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Released 2010 – Denmark, Comedy, Rated R, Director Mikel Nørgaard
Never had I imagined it possible that a movie, so quaint and quirky, could swim so deeply in the “Adults Only” bawdy and lewd genre of film. That is, until I watched Klown. This Danish film grabs hold of the baton handed to it by such American films as The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) and Dumb and Dumber (1994) and runs well past the line of raunchy, far into the woods of dialogue and events that would make the Farrelly brothers look tired and tame. However, this movie isn’t just crude humor, it somehow pulls off a story of personal growth and maturity that never gets lost along the way.
As Frank (Frank Hvam) and Casper (Casper Christensen) set out on a good old-fashioned “boys weekend”, Frank suddenly and unexpectedly kidnaps his nephew Bo (Marcuz Jess Perersen) in an attempt to prove to his girlfriend his superior role model skills. Clearly, this one terrible decision is but a scratch on the surface of this man’s capabilities. Add to it the intense immaturity of his friend Casper and the extreme sensitivity of his nephew Bo, and the collection of characters is doomed from the start.
More than anything though, this film is simply fun to watch. Few scenes are wasted as the characters are always moments away from another pothole of disaster. And still, the film clearly meets all of its goals. Its comedy stretches well past the line of normalcy. Its character development is honest and believable. And the relationships that form are sweet and inspiring. Few movies are able to simultaneously take such risks and cover all of the bases.
So sit back, grab a bowl of popcorn & stretch your legs, your mind, and your soul.