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The 25 Best Movies Of Summer 2012

20. Klown

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard
Stars: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen

Who knew that jokes about masturbation and pint-sized wieners were so universal? Roaring out of Denmark with an intense aversion to good taste and proper morals, the very-R-rated comedy Klown send art-house audiences into hysterics this summer thanks to the kind of edgy bromance and graphic imagery that gave The Hangover its unique appeal, except that, in the case of director Mikkel Nørgaard's much raunchier film, the filth is undercut by a quietly beating heart.

Reprising the roles they popularly embodied on the Danish TV series of the same name (think Denmark's answer to Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm), comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen form the summer's funniest on-screen duo as a couple of knuckleheads getting into a series of increasingly dirty sexual shenanigans while on a canoe trip. It's made all the more uncomfortable by Hvam's decision to "kidnap" a little boy and bring him along to prove to his unconvinced, pregnant girlfriend that he has what it takes to be a father.

It's not a spoiler to say that Frank doesn't have what it takes, at least not at first, and watching him repeatedly fail throughout the uproarious course of Klown's briskly paced duration is a blast.

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