Shakes the Clown (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shakes the Clown (1992)




Critic Consensus: Shakes the Clown has a handful of memorable moments, but they're scattered in a movie whose best ideas were left undeveloped on their way to the screen.

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This black comedy chronicles the fall of one of the world's most unlovable clowns as he plies his trade and tries to survive in Palukaville a town where everyone is more or less a Bozo. Shakes loves women and more than that, he loves his booze. Like many of his painted peers, ol' Shakes likes to hang out at The Twisted Balloon, the favorite local pub where he hoists a few, beats up on mimes (the lowest caste in Palukaville) and causes trouble with his girl friend Judy, a woman who cannot say the letter "L." Because the slovenly Shakes can't seem to make it to birthday parties sober and on time, he is fired from his booking agency, causing him to go on a big drinking binge. Later, Shakes awakens and learns that Binky, a lousy TV-clown, is framing him for beating up Shake's former boss with a juggling pin. Now poor Shakes must clear his name. He must also rescue "Juwee" who has been kidnapped by the nefarious Binky, and he must come to grips with his alcohol problem (perhaps the film could be therefore titled "Clown and Sober?"). Keep an eye peeled for cameos by Robin Williams, as a mime instructor, and Florence Henderson as one of Shake's illicit sexual conquests.

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Bobcat Goldthwait
as Shakes The Clown
Tom Kenny
as Stenchy
Florence Henderson
as Unknown Woman
Bruce Baum
as Ty the Rodeo Clown
Steve Bean
as Beaten Mime in Park
Blake Clark
as Stenchy the Clown
Eliza Coyle
as Enthusiastic Mime
Paul Dooley
as Owen Cheese
Gerald F. Edelstein
as 2nd Party Dad
Jack Gallagher
as Officer Crony
Scott Herriott
as Floor Director
Melissa Hurley
as Producer at Bigtime Cartoon Circus
Tim Kazurinsky
as 1st Party Dad
Paul Kozlowski
as HoHo the Clown
Jeremy S. Kramer
as Detective Boar
Sydney Lassick
as Peppy the Clown
Danielle Spencer
as Boots the Clown
Joel Murray
as Milkman
Bob Nickman
as Gas Station Owner
LaWanda Page
as Female Clown Barfly
Shane Ricci
as Obnoxious Kid at Party
Johnny Silver
as Clown Tailor
Cary Smith
as Mom at Party
Dan Spencer
as Boots the Clown
Greg Travis
as Randi the Rodeo Clown
Tony V.
as Broken Saddle Bouncer
Sidney Lassick
as Peppy the Clown
Tom Villard
as Dirthead in Car
Martin Charles Warner
as Male Clown Barfly
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Critic Reviews for Shakes the Clown

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Basically a redneck drive-in movie in style and delivery.

May 22, 2008 | Full Review…

The movie plays like a series of scene outlines -- ideas for how the movie should progress -- that needed more writing and revision before the actors were called in.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A wonderfully weird two hours.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a very dialogue centric movie, characteristic of other great comedies from the'90s indie circuit.

June 27, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Bobcat Goldthwait's first (and worst) cinematic outing...

November 18, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Clearly achieves what Goldthwait wanted it to, and the unapologetic bluntness of it is itself worthy of praise, however awkward and squeamish.

June 5, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shakes the Clown


This movie is a bit weird, but that's what I love about it. Goldthwait has a weird dark sense of humor, and it really makes this movie unique. There is also an interesting cast, as you can see on here, it's made up of a bunch of people you never expected to see in a film together. Anyway, if you like strange comedies, you'll like this one.

Aj V
Aj V

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