Vulgar

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Released 2002

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Director:
Bryan Johnson
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Vulgar is a 2000 film written and directed by Bryan Johnson and produced by Kevin Smith's View Askew Productions. The film follows the violent and tragic life of Will Carlson (Brian O'Halloran) a 20-something birthday-party clown from a rundown neighborhood. To help pay his mortgage and for his mother's nursing home, Will takes his clown act to bachelor parties. His gimmick is to trick the groom into thinking a gay male stripper has been hired by mistake just before the "main act" arrives. Thus, Vulgar the Clown is born. Unfortunately, Vulgar's first gig turns out to be a trap and he is brutally assaulted by a middle-aged man named Ed (Jerry Lewkowitz) and his two sons. After weeks of ensuing depression, Will's next job for a child's birthday party results in a dangerous hostage situation in which he becomes the unlikely hero. With a sudden lavishing of positive media attention, Will's life seems to turn around overnight. That is until Ed and his sons come back for more.moreless

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  • 10

    Los Angeles Times

    Johnson does seem to have some psycho-sexual ax to grind amid all this visual and sexual crudity. For instance, women barely figure in the action, with Will taking on various stere...

  • 0

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Too campy to work as straight drama and too violent and sordid to function as comedy, Vulgar is, truly and thankfully, a one-of-a-kind work.

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    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Inexplicably mixing lamer-than-lame "bad taste" comedy with yea worse traumatized-assault-victim histrionics, pic's only entertainment value lies in viewer weighing whether pic is ...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Crime, Independent