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Vulgar (2002)



Critic Consensus: Vulgar more than lives up to its title.

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Kevin Smith co-produced this bizarre (and sometimes very dark) comedy from his high school friend and occasional acting colleague Bryan Johnson. Will Carlson (Brian O'Halloran) is a second-rate children's entertainer who barely scrapes out a living appearing as Flappy the Clown at children's parties. Determined to make a living and support his harridan mother through clowning, Will gets the idea to change his act, and starts hiring himself out as Vulgar the Clown, a cross-dressing gagman who performs at adults-only functions. Vulgar's debut performance, however, proves worse than disastrous; hired to appear at a bachelor party, Vulgar is gang-raped by three subnormal rednecks who were expecting something quite a bit different. Will's life seems to have hit rock bottom when he stumbles into the middle of a police standoff with a deranged father holding his children hostage. Will, in full Flappy the Clown regalia, accidentally saves the day, and soon the story of the heroic clown is all over the local media. A television producer gets the idea of building a children's television show around Flappy, and it looks like Will may have finally hit the big time. But just when things begin to look up, Will is informed that someone videotaped him being raped at the bachelor party, and a blackmailer threatens to release the tape and destroy his new career if Will doesn't pay up. Vulgar features supporting performances from several members of Kevin Smith's stock company and production team, including Jason Mewes, Scott Mosier, and Smith himself. The film underwent several attempts to secure an "R" rating from the MPAA.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bryan Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


Brian O'Halloran
as Will Carlson
Jerry Lewkowitz
as Ed Fanelli
Ethan Suplee
as Frankie Fanelli
Matthew Maher
as Gino Fanelli
Jay Petrick
as Wilma Carlson
Jason Mewes
as Tuott the Basehead
David Klein
as Cinnamon
Robert Hawk
as Old Man
Don Gentile
as Sleepy Bum
Michael Tierney
as Skinny Bum
Thom Leidner
as Large Bum
Ceton Tate
as Ashley
Bob Farley
as Barron
Edgar Johnson
as Diaper Boy
Diane Devlin
as Sultry Audience
Darin Johnson
as Boy No 1
Michael Dinigris
as Sam Mosier
David Gilbert
as Delinquent No. 1
Jamie Schutz
as Cop No. 2
Aaron Hakeem
as Cop No. 1
Debbie Karr
as Mother No. 1
Brian Quinn
as Traffic Cop
Kiven Wiedmeyer
as Irate Motorists
Joe Mullins
as Joe-Joe
Tim Miller
as Gillian
Sean Marquis
as Dirty Junkie
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Critic Reviews for Vulgar

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

An ugly, revolting movie.

Full Review… | May 3, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Imagine Kevin Smith, the blasphemous bad boy of suburban Jersey, if he were stripped of most of his budget and all of his sense of humor. The result might look like Vulgar.

Full Review… | May 3, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

An unclassifiably awful study in self- and audience-abuse.

Full Review… | April 30, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's hard to imagine any recent film, independent or otherwise, that makes as much of a mess as this one.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
Top Critic

[A] mess.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Too campy to work as straight drama and too violent and sordid to function as comedy, Vulgar is, truly and thankfully, a one-of-a-kind work.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Vulgar

I don't know what I expected going in, but I think that if this movie had more faithfully lived up to its title it would have been a lighter and much better movie. Instead this movie is just kind of dark and sad and unrelentingly bleak. Everything about this seems depressing and really drags you down, which is a bit of a shame, because a movie called Vulgar had the potential to be a boundary-pushing, shockingly hilarious opus. The Vulgar the Clown character alone held such potential. It's too bad this ended up being such an oppressive, harrowing and tragic downer.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer


Everyone in the film sounds like they swallowed a dictionary, but the premise is interesting.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

A strange tale for people who like to rape clowns with thier sons. Pretty damn good.

James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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