“The funniest film of the year” — Matt Singer, IFC.com

Year: 2010
Country: Denmark
Running time: 89 mins
Censor Rating: R16 - offensive language, drug use, sexual content may offend

Producer: Louise Vesth
Screenplay: Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam
Photography: Jacob Banke Olesen
Editors: Morten Egholm, Martin Schade
Music: Kristen Eidnes Andersen
In Danish with English subtitles

With: Frank Hvam (Frank), Casper Christensen (Casper), Marcuz Jess Petersen (Bo), Mia Lyhne (Mia), Iben Hjejle (Iben), Lars Hjortshøj (Hjortshøj), Bent Fabricius-Bjerre (Bent Fabric), Jørgen Leth (Jørgen Leth), Mads Brügger (Mads Brügger)

Festivals: Fantastic Fest 2011

Best Comedy, Fantastic Fest 2011

Blisteringly funny throughout, this hysterical Danish comedy will appeal to those who think Curb Your Enthusiasm and films like The Hangover don’t push the envelope enough. KLOWN stars Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen as fictionalised versions of themselves: comedians with extremely tolerant girlfriends. Frank is the bumbling square and Casper is the narcissistic extrovert who plans a lads’ canoe trip to the greatest brothel in the world. In the first of many bad twists, Frank, to impress his sceptical girlfriend, invites her sister’s prepubescent nephew, Bo, along. Casper’s incessant horn-dog nature propels the three of them into ever murkier waters. Crashing through comedy walls with taboo-busting humour, the film eventually becomes a sweet affirmation of fatherhood in its examination of male insecurities.

Full disclosure: I saw this film get one of the most riotous audience reactions ever seen at a festival and immediately bought into the Aus/NZ rights. — AT

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