Klown

Sunday, December 11 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Klown

JOY REVIEW

Klown is a subtitled Danish movie that is supposed to be a hilarious comedy about a man who is clueless. He goes to a book club and he hasn’t read the book. I suppose probably that he’s incapable of lying, or he’s just sort of an idiot — not even an idiot savant, just sort of an idiot. The only thing that makes this any different than raunchy American comedies is that it’s subtitled and everybody is blond. Somehow the idea of men worrying about their sperm count or their ability to parent, sort of a Peter Pan syndrome, seems to be the newest theme of raunchy comedies starring immature men. This is no different, except that this man has impregnated his girlfriend and she doesn’t think that he’s capable of fatherhood, so after an obscene suggestion from some of his colleagues about how to prove to his girlfriend that he loves her, which backfires because he performs a stupid act on his mother-in-law to-be rather than his girlfriend, he sort of absconds with his 12 year old nephew, who’s a jerk, on what’s supposed to be a canoeing trip but turns out to be visiting the world’s best prostitutes. We’re supposed to find this enormously hilarious. I found it incredibly stupid, and I realize that American sensibilities about sex are significantly different than Scandinavians’, but I thought this wasn’t funny. There’s really no one in the entire movie to like, and the kid is sort of sullen. The lead character is so stupid and clueless that you agree with his girlfriend that he’s really not capable of parenting. His friends are all horn dogs. Toward the end of the movie, some of the idiocy seems to have helped the twelve year old until the final scene which some may view has hilarious, but I viewed as predictable and tacky. One and a half stars.

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