After learning that his girlfriend is pregnant, Frank is eager to prove that he would be a good father despite his girlfriends reservations. In a last ditch effort to prove his potential as a father, Frank "kidnaps" the 12-year old nephew, taking him along on a adult-oriented weekend canoe trip with sex-crazed Casper, a close friend of Franks. Casper's sole purpose for the trip is sex, referring to their trip as the "Tour de Pussy", while Frank is desperate to prove he can be a good parent making for an extremely bad combination which leads to some hilarious results. Mikkel Norgaard's Klown is a very funny film that takes a lot of pride in deliberately pushing things as far away from good taste as possible. The film is full of lots of potty humor but that doesn't mean it isn't extremely clever and intricate in it's design. Some of the comedic elements, like Casper's man flirting, are threads lasting throughout the entire film, ultimately paying off in spades when the joke is finalized in hilarious ways Besides the humor and boundary pushing the thing that really helps Klown stand out from other films of the gross-out sex comedy genre is it's heart. Frank is such a clueless character and the relationship which he forms with Bo, his nephew, is surprisingly touching and endearing at times. The film has a nice undercurrent about what it means to be a good father and it's quite impressive how well it pulls that aspect off given the over-abundance of boundary pushing humor. Klown is not the most ingenious or hysterical comedy to come out in years as some have claimed, but the combination of laughs and heart do make the film worth your time.
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