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Punching the Clown (2010)



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A modern-day troubadour learns the whimsical rules of the record industry after moving out to Los Angeles and becoming the subject of a vicious rumor. Henry Phillips travels through the heartland singing his satirical folk songs to anyone willing to give him the time of day. In the wake of a booking mishap involving a Christian fundraiser, however, Henry decides that it's high time he moves to a place where people can appreciate his twisted sense of humor. A few days later, Henry is crashing his brother's couch in L.A. But while his brother can't get an acting gig to save his life, Henry finds success almost overnight. A few solid shows later, and Henry gets a record deal, some radio airplay, and a positive write-up in a local paper. Not only that, but the pretty barista Henry's been admiring from afar finally seems to notice that he actually exists. Unfortunately, L.A. can be a fickle town, and when Henry becomes the unwitting subject of a nasty rumor, the success he's worked so hard to achieve suddenly begins to slip from his grasp.

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Ellen Ratner
as Ellen Pinsky
Wade Kelley
as Captain Chaotic
Evan Arnold
as Don Chase
Mark Cohen
as Stupid Joe
Derek Waters
as Dave the Intern
Michelle Anne Johnson
as Jane Crown Jones
Mike MacRae
as Car Heckler
Nikki Glaser
as Olympia
Ryan Stout
as Johnny
Eddie Berke
as Bartender
Warren Herr
as Café Manager
Matthew Morgan
as Last Cigarette Guy
Judd Fish
as Skinhead
Faye Gauthier
as Protester
Fay Gauthier
as Protester
Joe Kelley, Jr.
as Bar Patron
April Wade
as Party Guest
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

The comic folksinger Henry Phillips stars in this wry, poignant, smartly satirical comedy as himself, and puts himself into uneasy situations in which he doesn't always come out as the hero.

November 8, 2010

Every aspiring performer will appreciate Gregori Viens' unassuming comedy, which cheerfully skewers industry pretensions and media-fueled trends.

November 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Familiar show-business satire is enlivened by genuinely witty, off-kilter humor.

October 30, 2010 | Full Review…

Punching the Clown can be too cute, but it's a quietly sad portrait of just barely getting by.

October 24, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[If it] isn't entirely successful, it's partly because the music -- late-night satire swathed in gentle folkie chords -- and Mr. Phillips's modest but knowing manner don't quite match up with the "Star Is Born" clichés of the plot.

October 22, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Punching the Clown is welcome proof that there remains at least one industry in which the US can compete with New Zealand: the parody folk-song business.

October 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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