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Punching the Clown (2010)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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A modern-day troubadour learns the whimsical rules of the record industry after moving out to Los Angeles and becoming the subject of a vicious rumor. Henry Phillips travels through the heartland singing his satirical folk songs to anyone willing to give him the time of day. In the wake of a booking mishap involving a Christian fundraiser, however, Henry decides that it's high time he moves to a place where people can appreciate his twisted sense of humor. A few days later, Henry is crashing his


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Jan 18, 2011

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The comic folksinger Henry Phillips stars in this wry, poignant, smartly satirical comedy as himself, and puts himself into uneasy situations in which he doesn't always come out as the hero.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Every aspiring performer will appreciate Gregori Viens' unassuming comedy, which cheerfully skewers industry pretensions and media-fueled trends.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Familiar show-business satire is enlivened by genuinely witty, off-kilter humor.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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[If it] isn't entirely successful, it's partly because the music -- late-night satire swathed in gentle folkie chords -- and Mr. Phillips's modest but knowing manner don't quite match up with the "Star Is Born" clichés of the plot.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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Punching the Clown is welcome proof that there remains at least one industry in which the US can compete with New Zealand: the parody folk-song business.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A partly biographical, drolly fabricated comedy.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A quiet jewel of smart, unexpected old vaudevillians would say, "It's funny because it's true."

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Punching the Clown can be too cute, but it's a quietly sad portrait of just barely getting by.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The result is a shaggy rise-and-fall story that is deceptively well-wrought, playing at times like an extremely hip, deep-access concert film.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Movieline

The film is an amiable, self-mocking satire about L.A.'s vacuous showbiz types.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: amNewYork

In the spirit of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Flight of the Conchords" but much funnier.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source:

The fickleness and absurdity of life in L.A.'s entertainment industry has been skewered more effectively in a number of other movies.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Comments (2)
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Boasting a fabulously flamboyant script by co-conspirator serial loon Phillips and director Viens and salacious serenading rudely dissing the FCC's naughty word police, this is no-budget hardcore standup comic cinema at its most irreverently outrageous.

October 16, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

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