DVD Review: Klown
Klown is a hard film to put in a box. On the one had, this Danish comedy seems intent on taking as many situations that might shock or disturb you, and pushing the envelope even further. Some of the gags are so far gone that you either have to cover your eyes and wince or laugh out loud. But Klown is much more that just perverting our minds, it’s also a comedy that forces a harsh spotlight on motherly responsibility verse male cluelessness. It certainly puts the male species in a bad light, and whilst many of us can rest assured that we’re not THAT bad, if we’re honest, we can relate on some level to the antics onscreen.
But Klown goes even deeper as it’s overriding story is one of discovering what it takes to be a father, but of course in true Klown fashion, this is illustrated in an over the top way.
If you’re even the slightest bit squeamish or don’t quite have the stomach for this particular form of dark sexual humour that goes farther than even The Hangover would ever dare to consider, stay away from Klown. It’s just not for you.
If however you hang out every year for the New Zealand Film Festival, just to see what Ant Timpson has curated for the Incredibly Strange section, then Klown, which was in last years festival, will be just what the doctor ordered.
Essentially Klown is a road trip film, where two grown men are about to embark on their annual pussy pilgrimage – despite both having significant others at home – only to find that they’ve been landed with a 12 year old nephew to look after. The trip naturally turns into one disaster after another, but then laughing at other’s misfortune is always a fun way to spend an evening.
R16 Offensive language, drug use & sexual content that may offend.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read