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A once ridiculed and downtrodden clown elevates to celebrity status when he saves a child from a hostage situation but being a household name soon brings his skeletons out of the closet. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/23/2006 Starring: Brian Christopher Ohalloran Ethan Suplee Run time: 87 minutes Rating: Ur Director: Kevin Smith
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Things take a dark turn when Will tries Vulgar out for the first time. Later, as Flappy the clowns media success grows after saving a child from a birthday party he worked at, Will is contacted by blackmailers who threaten to release the embarrassing recordings of their encounter with Vulgar after the blackmailers realize that family friendly Flappy and Vulgar are one in the same. Will then has to make a choice - does he give his blackmailers what they want or does he go through with revenge.
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.
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.
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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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 morePublished 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 morePublished on July 10 2004
This movie is almost unwatchable. And this is coming from a huge view askew fan. I even own Drawing Flies. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Kevin G. Pitchford
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Adam P Boots
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 morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by JLW
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 morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Michael Bolts
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 morePublished on July 19 2003