Movie InfoKevin 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
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Critic Reviews for Vulgar
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.
It's hard to imagine any recent film, independent or otherwise, that makes as much of a mess as this one.
For those willing to risk being made very uncomfortable, this instant cult classic announces the arrival of a distinctive new talent behind the camera.
Fairly inept stuff.
A tale of horror and revenge that is nearly perfect in its relentless descent to the depths of one man's tortured soul.
"Vulgar" is as far away from "Jay and Silent Bob" as you could possibly imagine, so if you are going to watch the film, try and forget there was ever a Jay, a Bob, a Dante, a Holden, a Banky and a woman named Amy, and you might get something a little more
It's the movie equivalent of a sweaty old guy in a rain coat shopping for cheap porn.
I'm sure there's a teenage boy out there somewhere who's dying for this kind of entertainment.
Imagine John Waters remaking Deliverance starring Bozo the Clown, and that's Vulgar.
Being unique doesn't necessarily equate to being good, no matter how admirably the filmmakers have gone for broke.
Hey everybody, wanna watch a movie in which a guy dressed as a children's party clown gets violently gang-raped? I didn't think so.
Unspeakable, of course, barely begins to describe the plot and its complications. Vulgar is too optimistic a title.
With cheap camera work, a script that's so awful it makes porn dialogue sound like Shakespeare and scenes that suggest some especially unsavory snuff films, there's no reason to go near this flick in the first place.
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.More
Everyone in the film sounds like they swallowed a dictionary, but the premise is interesting.More
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