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Film, "Klown": Denmark's Own Disappointingly Rote Dude Comedy

"Klown": Denmark's Own Disappointingly Rote Dude Comedy

Raunchy dude comedy is hardly the sole province of American cinema, as Klown all too dispiritingly reconfirms. Based on his popular Danish TV series, director Mikkel Norgaard's film is a road trip comedy of a familiar male-centric sort in which…
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Film, "The Hangover 2": Unfunny Bro Comedy Franchise Is Creatively Bankrupt

"The Hangover 2": Unfunny Bro Comedy Franchise Is Creatively Bankrupt

Most sequels are born of good box office rather than good ideas — if you build it and they come, you simply must build another one — but it's hard to imagine a more calculating, creatively bankrupt piece of real…
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Film, "Due Date": Zach Galifianakis steals a road movie from Robert Downey Jr.

"Due Date": Zach Galifianakis steals a road movie from Robert Downey Jr.

In Due Date, a skinny, scowly, and dryly self-referential Robert Downey Jr. meets a chubby, beardy, quasi-autistic Zach Galifianakis boarding a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Downey plays Peter, a Bluetoothed architect with a very pregnant wife (Michelle Monaghan)…
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Film, Peter Pans head for the Strip in Todd Phillips' <i>The Hangover</i>

Peter Pans head for the Strip in Todd Phillips' The Hangover

What Fletch was to plaid-checked water-cooler wits in the '80s, what National Lampoon's Van Wilder was to college-bound douches at the dawn of Dubya, that's what 2003's Old School is to Gen-X frat rats — a secret-handshake movie. A shaggy,…
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Film, Men Behaving Badly

Men Behaving Badly

One would never confuse the work of writer-director Todd Phillips with that of the late Robert Hamer, whose filmography includes the essential Kind Hearts and Coronets. Hamer's movies had a gentlemanly quality, no matter the cruelty that skulked beneath their…
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