August 10, 2012 in Features

‘Klown’ is a raunchier ‘Hangover’

James Verniere McClatchy-Tribune
 

Nobody does a sex comedy like the Danes, at least that’s what I learned watching and laughing through most of “Klown.” Opening at the Brattle today, the Zen-tropa film was co-written by leading men Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam and their director Mikkel Norgaard and based on their 2005 Danish dude-comedy TV series of the same name. Danes Christensen and Hvam have become celebrities in Scandinavia as a result of the series, and together they are their own “Hangover.”

In opening scenes, pear-shaped, ski-jump-nosed Frank discovers that his girlfriend Mia (Mia Lyhne) is pregnant, but she has doubts about his potential as a father. In order to prove his worth, Frank does two things. One I cannot describe in this newspaper, and he does it by mistake to his visiting mother-in-law.

The other is to take 13-year-old nephew Bo (Marcuz Jess Petersen) on a canoeing trip with him and his rich, sex-crazed friend Casper (Christensen). What Mia and Casper’s wife Iben (Iben Hjejle of “High Fidelity”) do not know is that Casper has planned the trip to enjoy a weekend of debauchery at a bordello. The comic hijinks will involve high-school girls, a woman named Ronja (Marie Mondrup), who lives near the river and offers aid and comfort to our comic antiheroes, and the hookers of the bordello. If you’re easily offended, stay away. Otherwise, this is funny, raunchy stuff, making most Hollywood R-rated buddy films look tame by comparison.

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