Shakes the Clown (1992)




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This black comedy chronicles the fall of one of the world's most unlovable clowns as he plies his trade and tries to survive in Palukaville a town where everyone is more or less a Bozo. Shakes loves women and more than that, he loves his booze. Like many of his painted peers, ol' Shakes likes to hang out at The Twisted Balloon, the favorite local pub where he hoists a few, beats up on mimes (the lowest caste in Palukaville) and causes trouble with his girl friend Judy, a woman who cannot say the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bob Goldthwait, Bobcat Goldthwait
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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as Ty the Rodeo Clown

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as Owen Cheese

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as HoHo the Clown

as Detective Boar

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as Peppy the Clown

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as Gas Station Owner

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as Clown Tailor

as Mom at Party

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as Dirthead in Car

as Male Clown Barfly

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Critic Reviews for Shakes the Clown

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

Basically a redneck drive-in movie in style and delivery.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie plays like a series of scene outlines -- ideas for how the movie should progress -- that needed more writing and revision before the actors were called in.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Shakes the Clown has been photographed as poorly as it was conceived.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A bizarre comedy that stretches its central gimmick thinner than watered-down carnival taffy.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Extra credit for beating up mimes!

March 15, 2008
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Great idea for a tasteless short, but not enough for a feature.

January 12, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Shakes the Clown


This movie is a bit weird, but that's what I love about it. Goldthwait has a weird dark sense of humor, and it really makes this movie unique. There is also an interesting cast, as you can see on here, it's made up of a bunch of people you never expected to see in a film together. Anyway, if you like strange comedies, you'll like this one.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

The movie takes place in the town of Palookaville, where are friend Shakes is always trying to just get by. This movie had a wonderfully funny cast in Bobcat Goldthwait, Adam Sandler, Tom Kenny (Spongebob VA), and Robin Williams. The direction was well used, though some editing flaws do occasionally appear. The story is strange and full of dark humor. The lighting was used to show characters at times when they were particularly strange. Of course there were times when was too dark, but that was rare. The humor tended to be gutter humor sometimes, and there is a message of alcohol is nice in moderation. In the end it's mostly about a clown trying to get by with his friends and have fun. So it's not a high recommendation, but if your looking for a movie to watch and riff too, I'd say this would be a good one.


A terrible movie that amused me greatly. It's a pretty hilarious look at the "party clown" world, and the lives behind these guys who apparently, never take off the costume.

Worth some yucks, but whats really funny is seeing a cadre of people who are now extremely popular and famous in this movie, dressed as mimes, clowns and what have you.

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