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

Wednesday, Aug 1 2012

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 the canoeing expedition of buffoonish Frank (Frank Hvam) and horndog Casper (Casper Christensen) — dubbed "the Tour de Pussy" by the latter — is complicated by Frank's decision to bring along his 13-year-old nephew Bo (Marcuz Jess Petersen) in order to prove his father potential to pregnant girlfriend Mia (Mia Lyhne). The ensuing mayhem's gender dynamics are rote, with women as grating commitment harpies or whores and men as deviant scumbags or naive goofs. Following its chosen genre's bylaws, virtually every humorous set piece manages to involve male genitalia, be it a running thread about Bo's tiny weenie or ladies' man Casper's covert fondness for the same sex. Given its vulgar bro-ness, it's no surprise that The Hangover's Todd Phillips will be overseeing the inevitable American remake.

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