Danish Smash Comedy KLOWN - On Demand TodayJuly 27, 2012

Danish Smash Comedy KLOWN - On Demand Today

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KLOWN

By Chris Claro

 
Upon seeing KLOWN, my first thoughts were if this were to be remade by an American studio, it would probably end up as a slightly risque PG-13 vehicle designed for Zach Galifianakis or Kevin James. It would have a huggy ending in which the ne’er-do-well potential stepfather sees the error of his ways and everybody lives happily ever after. (I’ve sinced learned Danny McBride (“Eastbound And Down”) is set to write and act in a Todd Phillips remake for Warner Brothers).

KLOWN, a new comedy from Denmark, is a dark, raunchy, and entertaining trip that could be considered a perverted mashup of APOCALYPSE NOW and NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION.
 
KLOWN (Drafthouse)

Frank is a man-child whose girlfriend, Mia, is pregnant. She’s unsure of his fitness as a father and has reservations about having the child. In order to prove to Mia that Frank has the stuff to be a parent, he effectively kidnaps Mia’s nephew, Bo, and brings him along on a boys’ weekend with friend Casper. The problem is that Casper’s plans include a level of debauchery that is anything but kid-friendly.
 


Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard, produced by Lars Von Trier's production company, Zentropa, and starring celebrated international comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen, KLOWN is nothing if not daring, as it keeps the hapless young Bo in close proximity to some of the lewdest, most inappropriate behavior possible and exploits his vulnerabilities for laughs. Traveling much of their way in a canoe, Casper, Frank, and Bo find themselves going upriver on a drug-soaked sex tour that will determine just who among them is the real man.
 

 

KLOWN is definitely not for everybody. Explicit, and daring, it’s equal parts mischief and menace. It makes no apologies for combining down-and-dirty imagery with a warm and fuzzy story of redemption. If you like your comedy risky and raw, have some laughs with this KLOWN.

**WINNER: FANTASTIC FEST 2011 – Best Comedy Film**
**WINNER: FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – Best Film**

 

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- Chris Claro

 

Chris
Chris Claro is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. He is a former Director of Promotion for Sundance Channel and now works as a writer, producer, and media educator. He is a regular contributor to dvdverdict.com and contributor to the Eyes and Ears section of huffingtonpost.com. He blogs at http://disconcertingglare.blogspot.com. Follow Chris on twitter @cgclaro.


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