By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
I hosted my first couch surfer awhile back. If you’re unaware of what that is, it’s basically a website where you can either find a couch to crash on (plus stimulating conversation and local insight into wherever you’re traveling), pretty much anywhere in the world, or have a traveler come crash on yours. Back where I come from, it sounds like a good way to get stabbed with half a pair of scissors and get your TV peddled for ten bucks worth of meth, but the international traveler community is fortunately much classier than that.
Although many of them smell about the same
Anyway, to keep from rambling, my couchsurfer was named Peter, from Denmark, and he turned me onto an incredibly loathsome Danish show, Klovn, that also happened to be one of the funniest I’ve ever seen. And the guys behind it made a movie, this movie as it turns out. And it is so goddam debauched.
Klown follows Frank, who’s on a mission to convince his newly pregnant and newly ex-girlfriend that he is father material after all. Logically, he then kidnaps her twelve year old nephew and brings him along on a camping/canoe trip with his friend Casper, who has affectionately dubbed it the “Tour de Pussy.” This might be the most PC way I can describe this film.
Apparently others have compared this film to The Hangover, and appropriately Todd Phillips has already snapped up the remake rights and went knocking on Danny McBride’s door. Well… this film is so, so much worse than The Hangover, in all the right ways. While that film delighted in crossing the line as much as it could, Klown honestly was never aware there was a line, and would have sodomized it if it had been.
And it certainly wouldn’t have enjoyed the experience
Too many comedies are crass for crassness sake, but this one knows just when to go down that road, and how to make you choke on your drink just when you thought it was safe to take a sip. Both Frank (Hvam) and Casper (Christensen) show finely well-oiled comic ability and timing, and are never less than convincing and hilarious. I also have to give a thumb up to the ample nudity, because why the hell not?
For all the bounty of comic talents these two have, they make up for it with a complete lack of production budget. If this film was shot for more than 1,000 euros, I’ll punch myself in the face.
And this is what 1,000 euros fetches you at the grocery store these days
The plot is pretty damn simple and unsurprising, but then again you don’t really watch flicks like this for the Shakespearean plotting now, do you? I also have the suspicion that many of the more sophomoric quips in the film are significantly cleverer in the original Danish, but unfortunately my high school didn’t offer Danish courses. All of the remedial math classes you can shake a stick at, though.
If you have the type of sense of humor that also marks you as a truly awful human being, then this should be right up your alley. Welcome, compadre.
Take a Drink: every time a penis or “willy” is referred to
Take a Drink: every time a clear instance of child abuse takes place
Take a Drink: every time “Tour de Pussy” is said
See a dick, Do a Shot*
*Gracias for this one, Alex