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  • Actors: Brian O'Halloran, Bryan Johnson, Jerry Lewkowitz, Ethan Suplee, Matthew Maher
  • Directors: Bryan Johnson
  • Writers: Bryan Johnson
  • Producers: Scott Mosier, Kevin Smith, Monica Hampton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXHW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vulgar" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Brian O'Halloran, Bryan Johnson, Ethan Suplee, Jay Petrick, Jerry Lewkowitz, Matthew Maher - Director: Bryan Johnson A once ridiculed and downtrodden clown elevates to celebrity status when he saves a child from a hostage situation...but being a household

Customer Reviews

I am a huge Kevin Smith.
Desmond Silfies
If you don't know the basic premise of Vulgar, and you want to be suprised when and if you watch the movie, then stop reading now.
Chip L
Despite the touchiness of the subject I thought this movie was very good.
Joanna Mallon

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sillifer on December 16, 2004
Format: DVD
It seems that a lot of people are missing the point of this film. It isn't exploiting rape and violence. It's giving the viewer a close look at the horror and shame of being the victim. The film doesn't dwell on the attack, but looks at what happens next. There is a bit of fun and silly stuff in it too, just like life.....but then we are caught off-guard.

Maybe the problem is that everyone expected the Kevin Smith "formula", which is great fun, and probably the reason we all watched this to begin with. But this is very different.

I think it was a very brave human study and I hope Bryan Johnson has more for us.

Just remember...Nobody said it was a comedy!

And Kevin....thanks for helping with this!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lori Mevaa on August 28, 2003
Format: DVD
I feel Vulgar is a MASTERPIECE, even though it made me sick. I have never thought about a movie as much as I thought about Vulgar. In Vulgar, I never knew what to expect, it was very unpredictable.
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on September 21, 2006
Format: DVD
"Vulgar" came to me word-of-mouth. I'd seen this movie sitting on a video store shelf when it first came out and I had no urge to see it. It wasn't until a couple months ago when a guy I know told me that I "have to see it." Reviews on Amazon didn't look good, the cover looks like it was straight-to-video (it, technically, wasn't. It was shown in a few theatres)...But I was intrigued. The film has Kevin Smith has the Executive Producer and stars Brian O'Halloran, better known as Dante in the "Clerks" films, as the main character Will Carlson. Will lives in a crappy apartment (and frequently finds people sleeping in the backseat of his car) and works as a birthday party clown called Flappy. One day Will has an epiphany. He'll still do kids birthday parties, but he'll also hit up some bachelor parties as well. The plan goes like this; He'll come to the party dressed like a clown and wearing lingerie. Everyone'll be in on the joke, except the groom. He'll freak the groom out, collect his money, and then the babes will show up. On his first night, Will (who has chosen the moniker Vulgar when doing this particular job) runs into a demented trio of father and sons who brutally rape Will. Will, embarrassed and ashamed, goes home and tries to forget about everything despite complaints from his friend Syd (Bryan Johnson, the writer/director). Then, the unthinkable happens. Will saves a child from a hostage situation and finds himself plastered on TV, being proclaimed a hero. A TV show deal follows and pretty soon, he's being blackmailed by his rapists for $50,000 dollars. If you've seen the cover of the film, you can probably guess what comes next. Jason Mewes (Jay) and Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) both make cameo appearances in the film, although not under their famed monikers.Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Lawson on March 14, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Firstly, there's something I must make clear. Vulgar is NOT a Kevin Smith movie, despite it being a View Askew movie. Kevin Smith co-executive produced it and played a bit role, but he did NOT write or direct it - Bryan Johnson did.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blake on January 23, 2005
Format: DVD
Some have obviously termed this movie as depraved and uncomfortable, and they are absolutely right. "Vulgar" is the definition in films of acquired taste, you're either into it or you're not. Granted "Vulgar" in general is not great cinema, it's not even great independent filmmaking, but from the first scene it is clear what the movie's intentions are and in that sense it succeeds. What director Bryan Johnson gives us is a dark comedy mixed with the trappings of the typical psycho movie. From the start Johnson chooses a subject that is already creepy to some people, clowns, and then throws in homosexual rape, paranoia and a gunfight finale to make this into PURE B-movie material. Had Kevin Smith not produced this movie it could indeed have been worse than what people already think it to be. As a dark comedy it works, we laugh and feel guilty sometimes about it (at least some of us), the story has a creepy of way of getting under your skin with the gritty, low-grade photography and isolated settings, there's even a strangeness to the dialogue and though some complain about the sound mix, it adds to the movie's weird allure. Like the much superior "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Vulgar" looks cheap but that is precisely how it manipulates the mood of the viewer. Even the music sounds like that dark monotone score you hear in the occasional PSA on television. Yes, it is true that the actors aren't exactly A-list stuff, but this is a small budget production and you can't expect anymore from it than what it is capable of delivering. "Vulgar" is creepy, strange and certainly memorable, it is not great but for those looking for something RADICALLY different, here's a movie that fits that category.
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