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Kevin Smith co-produced this bizarre (and sometimes very dark) comedy from his high school friend and occasional acting colleague Bryan Johnson. Will Carlson (Brian O'Halloran) is a second-rate children's entertainer who barely scrapes out a living appearing as Flappy the Clown at children's parties. Determined to make a living and support his harridan mother through clowning, Will gets the idea to change his act, and starts hiring himself out as Vulgar the Clown, a cross-dressing gagman who performs at adults-only functions. Vulgar's debut performance, however, proves worse… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An ugly, revolting movie."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's hard to imagine any recent film, independent or otherwise, that makes as much of a mess as this one."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
" amateurish, unpleasant, and primarily worthless effort..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"As unseemly as its title suggests."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's the movie equivalent of a sweaty old guy in a rain coat shopping for cheap porn."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Imagine Kevin Smith, the blasphemous bad boy of suburban Jersey, if he were stripped of most of his budget and all of his sense of humor. The result might look like Vulgar."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"For those willing to risk being made very uncomfortable, this instant cult classic announces the arrival of a distinctive new talent behind the camera."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Fairly inept stuff."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
""Vulgar" is as far away from "Jay and Silent Bob" as you could possibly imagine, so if you are going to watch the film, try and forget there was ever a Jay, a Bob, a Dante, a Holden, a Banky and a woman named Amy, and you might get something a little more"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"I'm sure there's a teenage boy out there somewhere who's dying for this kind of entertainment."
‑ Christopher Null,
"An unclassifiably awful study in self- and audience-abuse."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"[A] mess."
‑ Henry Sheehan, Los Angeles Times
"A tale of horror and revenge that is nearly perfect in its relentless descent to the depths of one man's tortured soul."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The premise of this film is as audacious as they come."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Imagine John Waters remaking Deliverance starring Bozo the Clown, and that's Vulgar."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
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