Shakes the Clown – 3 out of 5
This was my first time seeing this 1991 comedy from comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. A friend of mine and a fan of my reviews (yes, believe it or not, people enjoy my reviews—I pay them good money to like them) asked me to give this one a shot. I will ALWAYS take a request for the blog (then he offered me some fine spices and silks from the East to grease the wheels on this one); here’s my look at Shakes the Clown.
|He may look quiet and innocent right now but you know he's got a pie and|
a bottle of seltzer water he's ready to choke you with behind his back.
Shakes is…well…a clown; the horrid makers of terror and all things that are unholy in existence—but on paper, they are suppose to make you laugh. Shakes (Goldthwait) is a drunk and all around disappointing human being—or clown. After a famous clown loses his television show, it is awarded to the criminally psychotic clown Binky (Tom Kenny). Binky ends up murdering Shakes' boss and Shakes is framed for the crime. This depressed and drunk clown must now clear his name and stop Binky from murdering again…only this time, he’s going to murder Shakes’ love; Judy (Julie Brown). Also, there’s some mimes in the film…so it gets pretty frightening.
|If you ever see a group of mimes coming at you, it's best to just kill your family|
and then yourself so you won't have to experience the ungodly terror that is
coming your way.
Like I previously stated (see two paragraphs ago), I have never seen this movie but vaguely remember its existence, so going into the film was a fresh experience for me. Overall, the movie is pretty decent. Aside from writing the film and being the main star, the movie acted as Goldthwait’s directorial debut. It’s pretty flappin’ obvious that this was Bobcat’s first time in the director’s chair as the movie gets pretty messy as its plot is kinda all over the place through much of the story—not to mention the story is pretty sloppy in an of itself as the real meat of the conflict (Shakes being framed) doesn’t really occur until the third act is about to start BUT with even with these problems, the movie can be pretty damn funny...and this is interesting because it contains Adam Sandler during a time when he didn’t do an obligatory awful film every year that makes the masses collectively wonder if they’ll ever know happiness again after viewing it.
|"Someday I will go on to make the worst films in all of existence...and then up the |
ante of how bad they can get every year."
And that brings me to the cast…
|Mrs. Brady, no!|
|I know you're wondering but no, Robin Williams is|
not silent when playing a mime.
|My apologies to anyone who looked directly at this photo and is now dead.|
|"Hello boys and girls...wanna see why I have such big|
shoes and baggy pants?"
|It's perfectly natural to laugh your ass off and void your bladder during |
|Just for context, she was on MTV back when they actually|
played music videos...back before the dark times...
before Jersey Shore and Teen Mom.
|This is what we would have experienced if Schumacher's deal with the devil|
panned out for another Batman film. The horror...
Being that I’m 22 years late to the party that is Shakes the Clown (but, then again, who wants to arrive on time to a party that has clowns? Seriously, fuck those guys), the movie still entertained me. It has its problems and it’s very clear that this was Bobcat’s first foray into making his own motion picture but despite its occasional sloppy presentation and unbalanced plot and story, the film has its moments where it is tremendously funny and it doesn’t hurt that the main character is a depressed, alcoholic clown—because sad clowns are funny and when there is a chance that they will hurt themselves or do lasting physical and emotional damage to themselves thanks to a chemical dependency then we see a time when clowns are truly hilarious.
|"I think I want to slit my wrists..."|
"HA HA!!! Stop, you're killing me!"