Combustible Celluloid
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With: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen, Iben Hjejle, Mia Lyhne
Written by: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Mikkel Nørgaard
Directed by: Mikkel Nørgaard
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use
Language: Danish, with English subtitles
Running Time: 88
Date: 03/18/2013

Klown (2012)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

"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 a while for many others to develop goodwill for the idiotic characters, and Klown simply isn't long enough for that. (Europeans may have an advantage over us Americans, having had access to several seasons of a "Klown" TV series before this movie was produced).

At a wedding, the dopey, clueless Frank (Frank Hvam) learns that his wife is pregnant, but also 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), he decides to kidnap 12 year-old Bo (Marcuz Jess Petersen) -- a kid 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 continually makes all the wrong decisions. Will Frank ever find his inner dad?

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 the movie might have benefited from building a little sweetness, it sabotages itself by leaving off on a sour note.

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