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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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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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Taglines:

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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,904, 5 May 2002
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Stereo

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Trivia

The inspiration for the Fanelli sons, Gino and Frankie, came from Deliverence. See more »

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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 »

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References Grease (1978) See more »

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Peg O' My Heart
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good but hard to watch
29 November 2003 | by ShimmySnailSee all my reviews

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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