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Vulgar (Widescreen) [Import]

Brian O'Halloran , Bryan Johnson , Bryan Johnson    R (Restricted)   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa... March 14 2004
Firstly, there's something I must make clear. Vulgar is NOT a Kevin Smith movie, despite it being a View Askew movie. Kevin Smith co-executive produced it and played a bit role, but he did NOT write or direct it - Bryan Johnson did.
That said, I was quite impressed. I rented it not really knowing what to expect; I mean, the only View Askew works I'd seen thus far were Kevin Smith's, but I could tell this would not be the same comedy fare just by looking at the cover. I think it's important that you do not expect to laugh while watching this movie; there are a handful of funny scenes, but that's not really what Vulgar is about.
Brian O'Halloran gives an amazing performance in this movie; I don't think many actors would be brave enough to take on the role of Flappy/Vulgar. For the most part, all the actors are very believable, which is necessary in a film portraying a reality this stark. The cinematography was superb, and the script was well-thought out and solid. Some of the sets were a little drab and lackluster, but I won't hold that against it... hey, it's an indie film.
All that said, Vulgar is a twistedly brilliant film, but it's not for the faint of heart. The final 10 minutes of the film really had my blood pumping - kept me guessing. I recommend you rent it first and test the waters before you buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to watch, but REALLY worth it. Aug. 28 2003
I feel Vulgar is a MASTERPIECE, even though it made me sick. I have never thought about a movie as much as I thought about Vulgar. In Vulgar, I never knew what to expect, it was very unpredictable.
I originally got the movie because it had Kevin Smith's name on it (I love his movies), however, be warned this movie is nothing like Kevin Smith's movies, it is in a class all by itself. I have to say Vulgar is my FAVORITE movie. It made me think a lot about society, crime, our justice system, and revenge. This movie changed me in a way I can't describe and I recommend it to anyone over the age of 18.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Jay and Silent Bob tackle the issue of clown rape June 18 2003
By Chris R
In this movie's first 20 minutes, the tone of the movie goes from being somewhat lighthearted and "humorous" to being deadly serious, for seemingly no real logical reason. It's a dynamic that might work in another movie, but in this one it just seems mundane and pointless. It's as if the filmmakers just said "Hey, rape is shocking... let's do that! With a clown!"
The rape scene is sort of reminiscent of the one in Pulp Fiction, only it's about 1000 times less effective. It's also not very shocking (if you've seen one rape scene, you've seen 'em all). It is, however, the only scene in this movie that's semi-memorable. After it's over, the movie continues to shift from one mood to a completely different one, from one genre to another, without any real focus.
This movie might entertain some viewers, maybe some of those diehard Kevin Smith fans who want to see those actors from his movies playing different roles. But for me, this was the first movie I've seen in a long time that made me feel like I just wasted my time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment alas... May 27 2003
I'm not too sure what Kevin Smith and co. were thinking with this one. It was a bit weird and overly offensive, even for Kevin Smith. I first rented the movie because of the cast list on the back cover: Brian O'Halloran of 'Clerks' starred (where he's known for his role as Dante), along with Smith himself, Jason Mewes, and a few other Smith-movie regulars (the infamous Walt "the fanboy" has a very significant role). But overall I was more than disappointed. And to be honest, a bit sickened. I love Kevin's movies; all of them, just not this one (even the underground 'A Better Place' was more pleasurable than this) . I'd recommend 'Vulgar' only to anyone who is a HUMONGOUS fan of Kevin Smith and the supporting actors who appear in small roles in his other films. God, I can't even begin to imagine what the unrated version would be like. And I don't want to. This is not a comedy. This is not like 'Clerks', 'Mallrats', 'Chasing Amy', 'Dogma', or 'Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back'. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is for the decent cast and the "faster than Walt Flanagan's dog" reference. Before you think about watching this movie, ask yourself if you'd enjoy watching a poor, pitiful clown get brutally raped by two kids and their father. Otherwise, skip it.
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By M. Hart
In his directorial debut, Bryan Johnson's very violent cult-wannabe film "Vulgar" portrays the life of the hapless Will Carlson (Brian O'Halloran) struggling to earn a living by working as a clown named "Flappy" for children's parties. Living in a dump and driving a worthless car, Will wants to earn more money, but only as a clown. He foolishly decides to work as a scantily-clad, clown-in-drag named "Vulgar" at men's bachelor parties. His first job as "Vulgar" takes him to a motel where three men are waiting: a father named Ed Fanelli (Jerry Lewkowitz) and his two sons Frankie (Ethan Suplee) and Gino (Matthew Maher). Ed, Frankie and Gino aren't there for a bachelor party; instead, they rape the unsuspecting clown. After being bound, beaten and raped, the three leave "Vulgar" for dead in the motel. Realizing he's alone, Will struggles back to his car and drives home where he makes a half-hearted attempt at suicide.
Telling his friend Syd (Bryan Johnson) about the ordeal, Will finds the strength to return to the safer job of being a clown at children's parties. Upon reaching a home where he is to perform as "Flappy", he finds it surrounded by police. The child's estranged father (Scott Schiaffo) is holding his daughter at gunpoint inside the house. Somehow, with the home surrounded by armed police, Will dressed in his brightly-colored clown costume sneaks into the house and rescues the girl, becoming an instant hero. (This is the part of the film where my opinion took its final turn for the worst.) Will is approached by TV-producer Martan Ingram (Kevin Smith, "Silent Bob" of "Dogma" & "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" fame) to star in his own children's television show as "Flappy". Will agrees and becomes an instant success, but ghosts from the past threaten his achievement.
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1.0 out of 5 stars GOd what was smith thinking
Normally, i love kevin smith and think movies like dogma are masterpieces. I have read from other movies that kevin smith did not actually write this which would fiqure why it is... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by rockfan
This is the 1st movie that I've ever purchased and after viewing IMMEDIATELY put in the trash can. Normally I would at least resell the item, but I don't wish to put another... Read more
Published on July 10 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Tell Em Steve Dave
This movie is almost unwatchable. And this is coming from a huge view askew fan. I even own Drawing Flies. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Kevin G. Pitchford
5.0 out of 5 stars romantic comedy
Unlike other viewers, I'd mark Vulgar a burgeoning classic and place it in the "romantic comedy" genre along with Bad Lieutenant.
Published on March 31 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, not sure.
This movie was exactly as the title says... It's Vulgar. And it's not for everyone. That would be an understatement in the highest level of the word. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by Adam P Boots
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Bad movie to say the least...
I can't imagine why anyone would actually like this movie. It's horrible in a really bad way. It tries to come off as a shock movie but the shock value is just not there. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004 by JLW
1.0 out of 5 stars title says it all
if you an get it..you can get it..but if you dont..then stick with that....pure garbage...a Kevin Smith washout basically...it has not premise... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Michael Bolts
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
I got to see this move at Vulgarthon 2002 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of twists and turns and a depth and darkness I hadn't expected before seeing it. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
vulgar is one of those movies taht you will either like are will not. it is a very dark movie and is not good for everyone. Read more
Published on July 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars black comedy, an acquired taste
Although Vulgar is a dark film it can be comedic at times. It is safe to say that it is a pitch black comedy you need to be in an adventurous mood to watch this film. Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by mike
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