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Bryan Johnson (written by)
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Tagline:
Everybody loves a clown... some more than others.
Plot:
A man who performs as a children's birthday party clown tries to piece his life back together after being gang-raped. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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good but hard to watch See more (118 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Brian O'Halloran ... Will Carlson / Flappy / Vulgar (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)

Bryan Johnson ... Syd Gilbert
Jerry Lewkowitz ... Ed Fanelli

Ethan Suplee ... Frankie Fanelli

Matthew Maher ... 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

Scott Schiaffo ... Travis Lee
Darin Johnson ... Boy #1
Brian Hartsgrove ... Boy #2
Aaron Hakeem ... Cop #1
Jamie Schutz ... Cop #2
Susanna Jolly ... Jill
Debra Karr ... Mother (as Debbie Karr)
Ceton Tate ... Ashley
Gertrude Johnson ... Old Lady
Paris Petrick ... Nurse Ratchet
Jay Petrick ... Wilma Carlson

Michael DeNigris ... Sam Mosier
Robert Hawk ... Old Man (as Bob Hawk)
Jill Robertson ... Shongo
Kiven Wiedmyer ... Irate Motorist

Brian Quinn ... Traffic Cop

Kevin Smith ... Martan Ingram

Tim Miller ... Gillian

Walter Flanagan ... Caddy

Scott Mosier ... Scotty
Tobias Carroll ... Toby
Diana Devlin ... Sultry Audience Member
David Klein ... Cinnamon

Melissa Rayworth ... Kelly Fanelli
Deanna Rowe ... Jenny Fanelli
Edgar Johnson ... Diaper Boy
Bob Farley ... Barron
Joe Mullins ... Joe-Joe

Jason Mewes ... Tuott the Basehead

John Sobestanovich ... Beggar (as Soby)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Chapman ... Rose Anderson - Pissy Mom in Diner
Zoe Daelman Chlanda ... Sexy mom / fan
Renee West ... Sexy Mom

Jeff Anderson ... Surly Duck (voice) (uncredited)

Chris J. Cullen ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Monica Hampton ... Hot woman sitting at table (uncredited)
Ralph Lambiase ... Clumsy Cop (uncredited)
Sean Marquis ... Dirty Junkie (uncredited)
Chris Parry ... Criminal Clown #3 (uncredited)
Darren Ross ... Neighborhood Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Johnson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bryan Johnson  written by

Produced by
Monica Hampton .... producer
Scott Mosier .... executive producer
Kevin Smith .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ryan Shore 
 
Cinematography by
David Klein 
 
Film Editing by
Bryan Johnson 
Scott Mosier 
 
Casting by
Paris Petrick 
 
Production Design by
Lisa Mareiniss  (as Lisa Beth Mareiniss)
 
Costume Design by
Shari Lyn 'Chuck' Hipschman 
 
Makeup Department
Paris Petrick .... key hair stylist
Paris Petrick .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ian MacGregor .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Hammel .... second assistant director
David Kurman .... second second assistant director
Jamie Schutz .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Christine Ditrio .... poster artist
Douglas Edwards .... assistant property master
Aaron Hakeem .... set dresser
Mike Hansen .... graphic designer
Ralph Lambiase .... storyboard artist
Chad Westphal .... property master
Kyle V. White .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Jennifer Barin .... assistant sound editor
Phil Benson .... dialogue editor
Alfred J. Caragay .... sound recordist (as Jay Caragay)
Melissa Casumbal .... boom operator
Alex Ghershini .... foley artist (as Alex Chersini)
David Glaser .... supervising sound editor
J.R. Grubbs .... sound effects editor
Michael Hansen .... boom operator
Paul Holly .... foley artist
David Kurman .... boom operator
Sean McAuliffe .... foley artist
John Moros .... boom operator
Scott Mosier .... dialogue editor
Tom Myers .... sound designer
Matthew O'Connor .... assistant sound editor
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Taub .... sound mixer
Kevin Weiss .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Ralph Lambiase .... special effects makeup artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Boyle .... assistant camera
Matt Gavin .... camera loader
William Hyatt .... dolly grip
Alan Jacobsen .... rigger (as Alan Jacobson)
Paul Kaye .... key grip
David Klein .... camera operator
Delores Lusitarua .... unit photographer (as Dolores Lusitana)
Emily Mackley .... first assistant camera
Sean Marquis .... best boy electric
John Moros .... camera production assistant
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... rigger
Bill Scalzitti .... gaffer (as William Scalzitti)
Joshua Solson .... rigger (as Josh Solson)
Erik Swift .... electrician
Peter Vietro-Hannum .... rigger (as Peter Vietro Hannum)
 
Casting Department
Kristen Oliver .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Courtney Grogan .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Alan Scher .... assistant editor
Pete Spataro .... color timer (as Peter Spataro)
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Ethan Fiks .... musician
Arron Goldberg .... musician (as Aaron Goldberg)
Ron Jackson .... musician
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Nick Mancini .... musician
Elliot Mason .... musician
Justin Mullens .... musician
Scott Pingel .... musician
Tim Ries .... musician
Andy Sanesi .... musician
Ryan Shore .... orchestrator
Johannes Weidenmuellen .... musician
Martin Wind .... musician
 
Other crew
Tobias Carroll .... key craft service (as Tobias A. Carroll)
Christopher Cram .... production assistant
Chris J. Cullen .... office production assistant (as Chris Cullen)
Liz Finn-Arnold .... script supervisor (as Lizbeth Finn Arnold)
Robin Gold .... production assistant
David Gross .... production assistant
Olof Källström .... workprint conform editor (as Olaf Kallstrom)
Thomas W. Leidner .... location manager (as Thomas Leidner)
Elizabeth Lewis .... production assistant
Steven P. McVey .... production assistant (as Steven McVey)
Dan Milner .... production coordinator
Daniel Milner .... production coordinator
Amanda Nanawa .... script supervisor
Janelle Ashley Nielson .... workprint conform editor
Matt Nycz .... office production assistant
Vincent Pereira .... workprint conform editor
Ganielle Roeser .... assistant location manager
Alan Scher .... assistant production coordinator
Kevin Weiss .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Phil Benson .... thanks
Scott Mosier .... thanks
Gary Rizzo .... thanks
Kevin Smith .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing sexual violence, some shootings and strong language
Runtime:
87 min | Canada:91 min | USA:85 min (edited version)
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Certification:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | USA:R
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Trivia:
The inspiration for Ed Fanelli, the father and lead rapist came from Dennis Hopper's role as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet (1986)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Shine bumbers if you want. I'm sure you'll make a killing. But that's how it all starts - crappy job here, crappy job there. Next thing you know, you're living on the dole, wondering where your life went. Your problem - zero patience.
Syd Gilbert:You're right. I should make MY living dancing around like a mongoloid on a bad acid-trip for a bunch of spoiled little dickheads.
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Movie Connections:
References Grease (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
If I Had A HorseSee more »

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21 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
good but hard to watch, 29 November 2003
Author: ShimmySnail from Albuquerque, USA

There's no really clever message here, it's just full of questions the viewers also answer along with the main character. It was a very well done film, and I attribute its low IMDB user rating to the average viewer's extreme discomfort with the subject of male on male rape, with which this film deals. American Me also received a similarly low rating from IMDB users, likely for the same reason, and that film is definitely one of the best films ever made, certainly the best and most realistic and, more importantly, relevant, gang/prison film I've ever seen.

Though it was neither written nor directed by him, Vulgar is played off much of the time as a Kevin Smith film (e.g. Dogma, Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), and also stars the main character from Clerks (O'Halloran), as well as Kevin Smith himself and one or two others. It's not a comedy, though, and the sex in the movie is most definitely not meant to be funny or entertaining, nor are the sarcastic comments from the main character's cynical but supportive friend.

It's mainly a good look at how someone deals with a horrible set of life circumstances and events and how it changes them. How much can a truly good person take before they snap? What do you do if you think there's no way to simply avoid doing the (traditionally) wrong thing? There's also a comment on karma, but that doesn't tie-in unless you watch one of the deleted scenes on the DVD. With such a small cast of characters and a believable premise (men are gang raped in real life all the time, outside of prison), it has the added relevance of many independent films in that it makes one imagine themself in a similar situation and how they might react.

The acting is good, the dialogue is, I'm guessing, realistic, no drag and drop lines ("Let's get outta here!" "Are you scared? You should be." "I'm going in! No, you're not!"), and the ending is extremely nerve wracking. If you watch movies to be entertained, skip it, but if you watch them to make yourself think, don't miss it.

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