More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Klown,” a Danish sex comedy some nerdlinger named “Matt Singer” called “the funniest movie of the year.” With a name like that, I’m not sure you can trust him.
Director: Mikkel Nørgaard
Cast: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen
Official Synopsis: “‘Klown’ follows two wildly inappropriate friends — played by celebrated international comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen — as they run amok through the Danish countryside, plowing through endless awkward confrontations and unspeakable debaucheries. Hopelessly wrongheaded Frank ‘kidnaps’ the 12-year-old nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential, and they join sex-crazed Casper on his secret adulterous weekend canoe trip. Rampaging through exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, the three paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to the next, all culminating in a surprisingly sentimental portrait of friendship and a final shocking reveal that you’ll never be able to unsee.”
“One of the funniest and most emotionally engaging entries to the R-rated comedy genre in recent years.”
“The team involved leaves no sacred cows untipped in the pursuit of laughs, and no penis unbared.”
“A crudely enjoyable blend of the middle-aged insecurity of ‘Sideways,’ the raunch-coated sweetness of ‘Role Models’ or ‘American Pie’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm”s well-honed social awkwardness.”
“A lesser effort, certainly, but an entertaining one nonetheless.”
“Raunchy dude comedy is hardly the sole province of American cinema, as Klown all too dispiritingly reconfirms.”
“Klown” is now playing in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin, and is available on VOD and iTunes.