Punching the Clown (2010)



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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gregori Viens, Henry Phillips
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2011
Level 33 Entertainment - Official Site


as Ellen Pinsky

as Captain Chaotic

as Don Chase

as Stupid Joe

as Dave the Intern

as Jane Crown Jones

as Car Heckler

as Olympia

as Johnny

as Bartender

as Café Manager

as Last Cigarette Guy

as Skinhead

as Protester

as Protester

as Bar Patron

as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Punching the Clown

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

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.

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Familiar show-business satire is enlivened by genuinely witty, off-kilter humor.

Full Review… | October 30, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
New York Times
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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.

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

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Punching the Clown

I don't remember laughing this hard at a movie in a long time. Wish the DVD had a making of. Although the movie itself is like a really funny behind the scenes experience. Henry Phillips is great.

Louis Delanozzle

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