APRIL 1 » 8:30p
EAST COAST PREMIERE
2011, Denmark, 89 min.
Director: Mikkel Nørgaard Screenwriter: Casper Christensen
Cast: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection Fantastic Fest 2011
Bostonians and Cantabridgians are unlikely familiar with the Danish TV show Klovn, a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style comedy that follows two terminally immature grown men making hilarious bad decision after bad decision. Going in cold to see this movie adaptation is probably the best possible way to get introduced.
Enter mild-mannered, nerdy Frank, who finds out in the most embarrassing way possible that his girlfriend Mia is pregnant. Her reluctance to share the normally joyful news is painfully obvious in Frank’s slight disdain for and highly awkward interactions with her nephew, the chubby, shy, 12-year old Bo.
Meanwhile, Frank’s bestie, the suave and self-assured Caspar, has his own dilemma: getting laid as often as possible, while avoiding the watchful eye of his wife Iben, who keeps him and his antics on lockdown. He’s been planning a canoetrip with Frank for weeks… one whose route happens to pass by the Danish equivalent of the Playboy Mansion on the one night of the year when its doors are open to select members.
Spurred on to prove his latent fatherhood, Frank decides to take Bo along on this expedition, much to the dismay of the horny, determined Caspar. From one hilarious setpiece to the next it becomes clear that this duo reigns supreme in the kingdom of unlucky idiots, as sexcapades, conflict, and cringeinducing disaster scenarios fly fast and furious along the way. Stupidity and good intention are often a potent combination.
This is the Danish Hangover with extreme sex, a Larry David machination with more ass, dick, and crude humor. It’s an understatement to describe this as the funniest film we’ve seen in the last year. The outrageousness of the antics of these two emasculated men on a mission to prove their manhood is downright inspired and oft-shocking to our more delicate American sensibilities. Klovn is low-brow comedy in its highest, purest form, and if you’re not screaming in your seat by the very end, you may want to have your pulse checked.
– Nicole McControversy
Bob Down always wanted to help people, but nobody ever wanted his help. Then he met Lucy and all hell broke loose.
An honest comedy about honesty. And dicks.