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Vulgar (2000)

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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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Bryan Johnson

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Bryan Johnson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian O'Halloran ... Will Carlson / Flappy / Vulgar (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
Bryan Johnson ... Syd Gilbert
Jerry Lewkowitz Jerry Lewkowitz ... Ed Fanelli
Ethan Suplee ... Frankie Fanelli
Matthew Maher ... Gino Fanelli (as Matt Maher)
Don Gentile Don Gentile ... Sleepy Bum
Thomas W. Leidner Thomas W. Leidner ... Large Bum (as Thom Leidner)
Michael Tierney Michael Tierney ... Skinny Bum
David Gilbert David Gilbert ... Delinquent #1
Erik Johnson Erik Johnson ... Delinquent #2
Scott Schiaffo ... Travis Lee
Darin Johnson Darin Johnson ... Boy #1
Brian Hartsgrove Brian Hartsgrove ... Boy #2
Aaron Hakeem 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>

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

Genres:

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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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Похабник See more »

Filming Locations:

Red Bank, New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,377, 28 April 2002

Gross USA:

$15,927

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,927
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Stereo

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Color
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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

Near the end, when Ed Fanelli dies of heart failure, we can see him moving and breathing even as Will/Flappy kicks him. 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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Connections

References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Drinkin' And Stinkin'
Written by Jon Kleiman and Tim Cronin
Performed by The Ribeye Brothers
Used by permission of Now 'N Later Music (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 tonymurphyleeSee 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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