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Klown Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Klown, a comedy from Denmark about two men on a canoe trip who descend into all sorts of desperate debauchery, demonstrates how the semi-improv, jitter-cam mode of filmmaking has gone from being a style to a tic - a way to disguise how unreal a movie can be.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    The premise, and the hijinks that follow, are about as outrageous as anything in today's crop of raunchy comedies. But Nørgaard offers them with a much drier wit than Hollywood typically delivers.

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Not for kids

Extremely vulgar, racy, awkward comedy from Denmark.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

  • rolemodels true0

    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.

What to watch for
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    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 false5

    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 false5

    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 false1

    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.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and 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.