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Vulgar (2000)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  26 April 2002 (USA)
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A man who performs as a children's birthday party clown tries to piece his life back together after being gang-raped.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Will Carlson / Flappy / Vulgar (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
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Jerry Lewkowitz ...
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Gino Fanelli (as Matt Maher)
Don Gentile ...
Sleepy Bum
Thomas W. Leidner ...
Large Bum (as Thom Leidner)
Michael Tierney ...
Skinny Bum
David Gilbert ...
Delinquent #1
Erik Johnson ...
Delinquent #2
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Darin Johnson ...
Boy #1
Brian Hartsgrove ...
Boy #2
Aaron Hakeem ...
Cop #1
Jamie Schutz ...
Cop #2
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Storyline

A loser with a crummy apartment, an odious mother, and a job that isn't taking him anywhere (kid's clown), gets a new idea. He decides that he's going to be a clown for bachelor parties. He will dress up like a woman clown and play a joke on the groom. After that the real stripper will come out and everyone will have a good laugh. He goes to his first job (changing his clown name from Flappy to Vulgar). When he opens the door he is knocked cold. What follows is a story of violation, fame, blackmail, and revenge. Written by Chadd <Chaddoli@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Everybody loves a clown... some more than others.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual violence, some shootings and strong language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,377 (USA) (26 April 2002)

Gross:

$14,904 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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The film was edited at Skywalker Sound. See more »

Goofs

Will's left hand is supposedly cut after holding a piece of broken mirror, but a minute later the hand is perfectly fine. See more »

Quotes

Will Carlson: I'm... I'm a party clown for kids.
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References Freaks (1932) See more »

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Bad Situation
Written by Steve Smyth
Performed by Love Among Freaks
Used by permission of Home Skillet (ASCAP)
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Strange. This is a film that is extremely easy to hate, but to me, I understood what it was going for and appreciated it for that.
27 May 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Will Carlson is a birthday clown who is having some troubles. He can't pay the rent, his mom hates him, and everybody gives him a difficult time. He gets the idea of being an adult entertainer party clown. On his first job he is tortured and raped by an insane father and his two sons. He is too embarrassed to call the authorities, so he keeps the entire incident a secret. Some time later, he saves the life of a little girl who is held hostage by her father and becomes famous and gets his own show. Finally, his dream has come true. He gets a call from the family of rapists who had videotaped his performance and tell him to give them a share of his money. He does, but then they also want a repeat reenactment of that fateful night or they will leak the tape to the press. This film doesn't try to be special. It isn't stylized, or done artfully or tastefully. It can be considered many things, but one thing the film can't be criticized for is being pretentious. This is, to put it properly, an old-school exploitation grindhouse style picture. This film is very effective and quite shocking. It certainly is not a film for everybody. It is a hell of an experience. The film is ugly, rough, grainy, and dimly lit. The acting is very intense and the characters are often quite abrasive. The plot of the film is quite realistic to an extent. The rape scenes are pretty horrific and brutal, some of the roughest I've seen in fact. The spends enough time getting us to sympathize and feel sorry for the character of Will Carlson. His roommate(Bryan Johnson, the director of VULGAR) is probably the best character in the film. Ethan Suplee and Matthew Maher are both pretty creepy as the two rapists, Jerry Lewkowitz is quite nasty as the father, and Brian O'Halloran gives a pretty strong performance. In fact, the only serious issue I had with this film is that it tries to be a comedy at times. Ultimately, the attempts at humor come off really poorly. The humor in this film feels out of place and is distracting at times when it shouldn't be. I guess I could call this a black comedy, but the film is actually really disturbing and difficult to watch. Maybe the comedy element was added to make the whole film seem even more wrong. As it is, it's a merciless film and is nasty. If you are a fan of exploitation you will probably love this film. For others, you could probably do with this film.

Pros: -very engaging and moving at times -decent acting -well established dark tone -intense -a guilty pleasure

Cons: -unneeded humor -graphic violence, rape, and sexual torture may be too much for a lot of viewers -bad marketing


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