Klown Klown , a comedy from Denmark about two men on a canoe trip who descend into all sorts of desperate debauchery, demonstrates how the semi-improv,… Klown Klown , a comedy from Denmark about two men on a canoe trip who descend into all sorts of desperate debauchery, demonstrates how the semi-improv,… 2012-07-27 R PT90M
Movie Review

Klown (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
KLOWN Frank Hvam
KLOWN Frank Hvam
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Jul 27, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes

Klown, a comedy from Denmark about two men on a canoe trip who descend into all sorts of desperate debauchery, demonstrates how the semi-improv, jitter-cam mode of filmmaking has gone from being a style to a tic — a way to disguise how unreal a movie can be. Frank (Frank Hvam), who looks like Ed Begley Jr. with a face of frozen cluelessness, is a geek who's just learned that his girlfriend is pregnant. Casper (Casper Christensen) is a family man and rabid horndog who organizes the trip to get action on the side.

The early scenes make us think we're watching a trenchant satire of beleaguered males. But as soon as they leave their canoe, you start to notice that everything in Klown is a bit too precious and wacky to believe, from the brothel that Frank and Casper visit (it just happens to be run by their book-club cohort) to the "pancake lady" who beds both of them to the reefer that inspires Frank to strip down and run onto a rock-concert stage. Essentially, this is a Scandinavian version of The Hangover, but maybe the planned American remake won't pretend to be something it's not. (Also available on VOD) B-

Originally posted Jul 25, 2012 Published in issue #1218 Aug 03, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Aug 24 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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1.
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$17.6 4 $251.9 A-
2. $16.8 3 $145.6 C+
3.
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$16.4 1 $16.4 C-
4. $11.0 2 $45.2 F
5. $9.0 1 $9.0 NA
6.
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$6.7 2 $24.1 C-
7.
The Expendables 3
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$6.6 2 $27.5 B
8. $6.5 1 $6.5 C+
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
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$5.6 3 $32.7 B
10.
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$3.8 3 $38.3 D+
* in millions