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Saturday, June 15, 2013

KLOVN / KLOWN (2010)

Every country needs a Man-Child/Guys-Acting-Badly saga to call its own, ya? Here, the Danes clobber themselves with embarrassing social & physical pratfalls, as a couple of pals ‘impress’ a 12-yr-old nephew to tag along on their canoe trip to Libido-Land. Why bring the nephew? It seems that Frank, the more submissive of the two guys, hopes to show his unexpectedly pregnant ‘significant other’ that he’s loaded with ‘fatherhood potential.’ Naturally, things go badly, but there’s a surprising amount of snap to the material as the two leads (Casper Christensen & Frank Hvam, who also co-scripted) go far, far past expectations of bad/inappropriate behavior, while staying (largely) believable, (mostly) hilarious and (consistently) raunchy. (As Freud might have said, ‘Sometimes pitching a tent, is just pitching a tent . . . but not in KLOWN.’) To prime the pump, the IMAGE DVD includes a 2005 episode from the duo’s tv series, written by Lars von Trier, of all people. More than the film, it shows a slavish affinity to CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, but without the whiny quality that can wear you down. And it’s certainly no less funny for the similarity.

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