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Vulgar (2000)

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A man who performs as a children's birthday party clown tries to piece his life back together after being gang-raped.

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Bryan Johnson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian O'Halloran ... Will Carlson / Flappy / Vulgar (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
Bryan Johnson ... Syd Gilbert
Jerry Lewkowitz Jerry Lewkowitz ... Ed Fanelli
Ethan Suplee ... Frankie Fanelli
Matthew Maher ... Gino Fanelli (as Matt Maher)
Don Gentile Don Gentile ... Sleepy Bum
Thomas W. Leidner Thomas W. Leidner ... Large Bum (as Thom Leidner)
Michael Tierney Michael Tierney ... Skinny Bum
David Gilbert David Gilbert ... Delinquent #1
Erik Johnson Erik Johnson ... Delinquent #2
Scott Schiaffo ... Travis Lee
Darin Johnson Darin Johnson ... Boy #1
Brian Hartsgrove Brian Hartsgrove ... Boy #2
Aaron Hakeem Aaron Hakeem ... Cop #1
Jamie Schutz ... Cop #2
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Storyline

A loser with a crummy apartment, an odious mother, and a job that isn't taking him anywhere (kid's clown), gets a new idea. He decides that he's going to be a clown for bachelor parties. He will dress up like a woman clown and play a joke on the groom. After that the real stripper will come out and everyone will have a good laugh. He goes to his first job (changing his clown name from Flappy to Vulgar). When he opens the door he is knocked cold. What follows is a story of violation, fame, blackmail, and revenge. Written by Chadd <Chaddoli@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Everybody loves a clown... some more than others.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sexual violence, some shootings and strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Похабник See more »

Filming Locations:

Red Bank, New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,377, 28 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,904, 5 May 2002
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Stereo

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The film was edited at Skywalker Sound. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Ed Fanelli dies of heart failure, we can see him moving and breathing even as Will/Flappy kicks him. See more »

Quotes

Ed Fanelli: All right, ass on the bed now.
[in William's face]
Ed Fanelli: If I gotta tell you again, the wind is gonna be whistlin' Dixie through a hole in your face, you fuck. Me and you are goin' to bed together, that's a fact. I'm gonna make hate to you.
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Connections

References Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Chi Chi Cha Cha
Composed by William J. Bergman
Published by JRM Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Megatrax Production Music, Inc.
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And I thought this was a Kevin Smith movie...
16 May 2003 | by ardasuleSee all my reviews

But it's not! I discovered here that he didn't write it and he didn't direct it, so that could explain why I thought it wasn't "awesome" or "compelling," but "horrifying" and "stupid."

It's obvious that the writer and director was/is friends with Smith, as the dialogue was clearly patterned after Smith's scripts. However, all the snappy exchanges failed to pop and I found myself wondering why I should care about this stupid clown with a castrating mother and no future. I didn't find Flappy/Vulgar sympathetic in the least and I found the other characters even less so. Even the rape scene, which should have been tension-filled and frightening, played like a bad rip-off of "Pulp Fiction."

The only selling points this movie really has are the fact that it's affiliated with ViewAskew, it's got an "In Defense of Dogma" special feature which interviews the cast and crew of "Dogma," and that Vulgar the Clown is actually the cartoon clown from the opening credits of "Clerks." But I strongly suggest you don't bother seeing the live action version - it's really not pretty at all.


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