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Klown (Denmark)


Allow me to pose an argument that was provided to me recently. Is a hero (or heroine) possible in the modern world? Can someone survive the constant pressure from the media and incessant scrutiny from the multitude of information outlets, faceless or otherwise, and still come out with an unscathed reputation? How does this relate the movie Klown, based on a Danish sitcom? It doesn’t necessarily, but as the tagline says, “Every child needs a role model.”

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Apart from Adam’s Apples and Niklas Bendtner, I know next to nothing about Denmark. I freely admit that. So it should come as no surprise that I was unaware of the sitcom that spawned this film and don’t know the general plot. The film is fairly simple at its core, but raises questions throughout, as any film I suppose. Frank (Frank Hvam) learns that his girlfriend is pregnant and reacts, how should I say, poorly. You see, Frank is a bit of a nitwit. He doesn’t think things through to the extent others would wish. So when little Bo is staying with Frank and Mia, he attempts to prove his worth as a father. After some cowardly and idiotic mishaps, Mia is set to take Bo to her parents’ house to give Frank some time to settle down. He uses this as a springboard to the next “logical” step and kidnaps Bo to take him on a camping trip with Casper (Casper Christensen) that is meant for one thing and one thing only: adultery (except in much more lewd terminology). Shenanigans and illegality ensue.

Now, for most American audiences, Klown will be offensive and unwatchable. Contrary to what would be expected, this is not due to raunchy dialog, of which there is plenty. No, the offensive nature of this film stems from Frank and Casper’s ludicrous thought processes. I haven’t seen a movie so unabashedly promote kidnapping, adultery, statutory rape, child molestation, child pornography, and more. Admittedly, these are harsh terms for what truly happened (except the former two), but if anything further occurred they’d be applicable. There’s drugs, sex, alcohol, and everything in between and all of it occurs in front of a ten-year-old boy.

Yet, the film works. As the film gets more and more ridiculous, you find yourself more curious about how it will finish. Speaking of which, the end is the most ridiculous section of the film and puts an appropriate cherry on top. This is the sort of film where you simply have to know your own tastes and judge that with what I’m giving you. I can’t outright recommend it because only a small niche of people will truly enjoy it. I found it entertaining, but wouldn’t go so far to say I’ll watch it again. However, to answer the originally posed question and how it applies to Klown: it depends on what you define as a hero.

Warning: Be careful searching things about this movie as some stuff, like a poster oddly enough, are NSFW!

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