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Vulgar more than lives up to its title.



Total Count: 26


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Movie Info

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.

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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 (26) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (20)

Audience Reviews for Vulgar

  • Sep 09, 2011
    Utterly disturbing, the message was unclear, totally revolting.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2010
    A confused, but surprisingly not incompetent, mess.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2010
    Disturbing, but actually well acted for the most part. Low budget but it doesn't need a whole lot of money to tell this story. Not the comedy people would think it is especially with the people involved. Uncomfortable to watch, but well done.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2008
    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 A Super Reviewer

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