So since we are finished with Kevin Smith I thought I would do the film made by his good friend Bryan Johnson. Now if you know him from Tell 'em Steve Dave or from the show Comic Book Men then you know he has a much darker personality than Smith and you can see it in this movie.
It opens up simply on a clown nose. What could be more innocent or terrifying than that? Clowns, something that was created to bring joy and happiness to people has some how been transformed to something full of horror and dread in our society.
We open on our hero, dressed as a clown rushing to get to his job only to find some guy sleeping in his back seat. The man swears that he said he could sleep there but our hero has no time for that.
He finally makes it to his job only to find the police there arresting the father. The party is over, and he forgoes payment due to the trauma that the family just witnessed. So the day was a bust, a great start for our hero on this journey.
Bryan Johnson plays his best friend and the two go over everything. It has the same high level dialogue that marks Kevin Smith' work. I love the way these people talk. It's what draws me to these movies, I would love to be able to write conversations the way they do.
His mother lives in a retirement home and he is behind on paying her bills, not to mention his own rent. Our hero played by Brian O'Halloran, goes to visit his mother and she immediately tears into him and starts to take a swing at him. What a great mother!
He decides to show up as a slutty dressed clown at bachelor parties and shock the groom, kind of a gag type thing. He decides to call himself Bulgar. On his first job he gets attacked by three men and they precede to rape him. It is a dark twisted scene that only Bryan Johnson could bring us.
After they are done with him they leave him on the ground beaten. They take the video they filmed of it with them. He goes home and loses his mind. Even tries cutting himself. Bryan Johnson comes to check on him and finds him a wreck and they talk it out. O'Halloran is on the verge of losing his cool, he can't handle it. He doesn't want to deal with it. He wants to move on and forget it, something that he won't be able to do.
But he does try. He tries to go back to his normal life but it isn't something that he can do. He just doesn't feel the joy anymore. He is late for his first job since what happened and this is where Brain Quinn of Impractical Jokers fame comes in. We find out that what cause the problem is the abusive husband from the beginning of the movie has his daughter hostage. He is freaking out because she filed for divorce.
Vulgar sneaks into the house and tackles the guy. Saving the little girl and becoming a hero. Kevin Smith's character sees him on tv and decides to make a show for him. He could make a great deal of money off of him. It takes some convincing but at long last O'Halloran as Flappy the clown gets his own tv show. He thinks his mother would be proud of him, he is far from correct. She tells him that he is a loser who can't do anything, he is a useless waste of space.
Boy is she wrong. People love him, he starts to make a name for himself. It is everything he ever wanted. Even a movie is offered to him. He wastes some of his money on buying his horribly mother a tv. Not something she deserved.
The man who raped Vulgar has a daughter who loves Flappy, he finds out about it and black mails him. He reminds the man that he has a tape of them having sex. O'Halloran is between a rock and a hard place. He doesn't really have any choice in the matter. He agrees to the terms.
He is told to drop off the money in one car and pick up the video tape in another. He drops off the money like he is ordered too and then changes his mind. Just like he was told. Turns out that the man wasn't in on it and now the money is gone and no tape to be had. He was scammed.
The man who rapped him and his sons corner him in the restroom and demand a second show from him. Telling him to either have sex with him a second time or the tape goes out to the public. He decides that the only thing to do is kill him. Johnson goes to Jason Mewes to buy a gun.
O'Halloran and Johnson get ready to go in and kill them, they are scared and second guessing themselves, after all neither one of them have ever done anything like this before. They are good people with their backs to the wall. The plan was for Johnson to storm in after O'Halloran went in and kill them all. But before he could go in he gets mugged.
O'Halloran tries to shoot them with his own gun but nothing comes out, it's blank after blank. That is till the younger son plays with the gun and accidentally kills himself. Johnson and his mugger show up at the door and the mugger is shot and killed by the older son who is killed by the mugger at the same time. The father, the main raper runs off and Johnson runs home as O'Halloran gives chase.
O'Halloran catches up with his raper and they have a stand off before O'Halloran kills him. Getting his revenge for everything that happened. He runs off as the police start to show up. He goes back to work on his TV show and lives his life. Finally free from everything that happened.
This is a dark movie that I love so much. It is such a great movie that no one ever talks about. That is a shame.
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