Shakes the Clown
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This black comedy chronicles the fall of one of the world's most unlovable clowns as he plies his trade and tries to survive in Palukaville a town where everyone is more or less a Bozo. Shakes loves women and more than that, he loves his booze. Like many of his painted peers, ol' Shakes likes to hang out at The Twisted Balloon, the favorite local pub where he hoists a few, beats up on mimes (the lowest caste in Palukaville) and causes trouble with his girl friend Judy, a woman who cannot say the letter "L." Because the slovenly Shakes can't seem to make it to birthday… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Basically a redneck drive-in movie in style and delivery."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A bizarre comedy that stretches its central gimmick thinner than watered-down carnival taffy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The tagline is true - and so are the rumors."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"A must-see for clown haters."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Shakes the Clown is sick but whether it's a joke is a matter of taste. And this film is about as tasteless as they come."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Shakes the Clown has been photographed as poorly as it was conceived."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Extra credit for beating up mimes!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"When it works, it's uniquely funny. When it doesn't, it's uniquely bad."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Shake this one back into the film can and let it rot there."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A wonderfully weird two hours."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The movie plays like a series of scene outlines -- ideas for how the movie should progress -- that needed more writing and revision before the actors were called in."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Great idea for a tasteless short, but not enough for a feature."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Sporadically, but hilariously, funny. Goldthwait is great as the alcoholic, mime-hatin' clown."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"It's weird, but it's not really funny."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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