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->''"[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You're a loser. Your parents had to pay a grown man to come and play with you today, because kids collectively and on the whole think you suck.]]"''
-->-- '''Shakes''', demonstrating his [[BlatantLies excellent people skills and outstanding professionalism.]]

''Shakes The Clown'' is a 1992 movie starring Creator/BobcatGoldthwait (who also wrote and directed the film) as the titular character, an alcoholic clown. It features cameos of Creator/RobinWilliams as a mime and Creator/AdamSandler as another clown.

Shakes is on the verge of getting fired, as his drunken shenanigans often end up ruining the kids' birthday parties he performs at. On top of that, his alcoholism is messing up his relationship with his girlfriend Judy, a [[FanServiceWithASmile waitress in the clown bar Shakes frequents]] and aspiring professional bowler. When he passes out at a bar for clowns that him and his two friends frequent, he winds up being framed for the murder of his boss. Said friends and Judy help him evade the law and two witnesses to the actual murder (who chase after him) as Shakes, while posing as a mime, finds out who's really responsible (at first he thinks he actually did it and was just too drunk to remember) and helps bring him to justice. Meanwhile, Shakes' friends realize Shakes has an alcohol problem, and [[NailedToTheWagon help/force him to quit]].

The movie offers a lot of raunchy jokes, many a ClusterFBomb, and cynical humor.

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!!This work provides examples of:

* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: Subverted. Although it is an early 90's movie, it's not particularly [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism idealistic]] or preachy, so the drug dealing rodeo clowns are a more realistic portrayal of drug dealers.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Binky only thinks this is happening to him, which drives him [[AxCrazy insane]], and serves as most of his [[JerkJustifications personal justifications for his actions]].
* TheCameo: Florence Henderson is the whore in the opening scene.
* CampGay: The male mimes - particularly their leader, played by Robin Williams. (There's a female mime, too, but she comes off as a New Age kook rather than a lesbian.)
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler: Judy's bowling skills]].
* ClusterFBomb: [[UpToEleven Oh, so many]].
* CorruptHick: The rodeo clowns.
* CowerPower: Binky isn't above literally hiding behind his {{Mooks}} when Shakes actually gets up the nerve to confront him.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Both Binky when he becomes the host of a children's clown show and (to a lesser extent, possibly, depending on if what someone said jokingly [[BestialityIsDepraved about his relationship with a performing dog used on the show was accurate]]) his predecessor.
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Binky punches his two {{Mooks}} in the stomach just because they laughed at his embarrassing attempt to woo Judy.
** "I'm fired?! I'LL KILL YOU, YOU MOTHERFUCKER!" (although, thankfully, Shakes doesn't go through with it)
* DragQueen: One of Shake's best friends wears a pink dress and possibly fake boobs underneath it as part of his clown getup. He's not a very convincing cross-dresser though, with a VERY deep voice, and does it more for laughs than as a serious performance.
** Which, [[FridgeLogic come to think of it]], makes it pretty hypocritical that he enjoys beating up mimes ''precisely'' because they're so "unmanly."
* DrugsAreBad: Surprisingly for this cynical of a movie, it is true that the people who do drugs are BAD people, but the good guys are [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop merely drunks]].
* DumbBlonde: Judy, although she mostly only sounds dumb because of the way she talks.
* DumbassDJ: The [=DJs=] Shakes listens to on the way to the first party, who are named "Loud" and "Obnoxious."
* EightiesHair: It's technically the early 90's but Judy and her friend sport it.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Judy.
* EveryoneHatesMimes: Played for laughs and drama. Shakes and his friends, as party clowns, hate mimes for some unknown reason, and if they see them will assault them. Shakes, at least, [[AnAesop gets better]].
* {{Expy}}:
** Binky is one of [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The Joker]] from Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** Boots and Ho-Ho (the two henchmen) laugh a lot like ''BeavisAndButthead''.
* FantasticRacism: The clowns' aforementioned hatred of mimes. May also be fantastic gay-bashing.
** It was indeed an allegory for gay-bashing. WordOfGod confirmed it at the time of the movie's release.
* FreudianExcuse: Shakes' for being [[TheAlcoholic a drunk]] is that, when he was a child, he witnessed [[spoiler: his father getting killed by an elephant, presumably while working as a circus clown]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Not that the movie really needed to, but the mime instructor orders his male students not to show up to class wearing pantyhose because "I don't need to see what religion you are!"
* GoshDangItToHeck: "The poo has hit the fan!"
* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Guess.
* IfICantHaveYou: Basically Binky's final statement to Judy just before he tries to kill her.
* IKnowKarate: "Well, I know [[StarTrek Vulcan nerve pinch]]!"
* ImprobableWeaponUser: [[spoiler: Shakes' boss]] is bludgeoned to death with a clown's juggling pin.
* JadeColoredGlasses: seem to be rather fashionable apparel for most of the clowns in the bar where Shakes hangs out, possibly because being a clown sucks and/or when not forced to put on a happy face for kids, all their pent-up frustration can be let loose. Also, Judy's best friend is rather cynical.
* {{Jerkass}}: Binky, who [[spoiler: kills Shakes' boss and father figure with a bowling pin when caught snorting cocaine. And then tries to frame Shakes.]] He was not even a nice guy to begin with.
* LameComeback: "Yeah? Well....the only TV show you could get on would be the...Not Funny....Diarrhea Club....Fart-Face!"
* MonsterClown: Binky, but several others could be seen as this.
* NamesTheSame: [[GarfieldAndFriends Binky the Clown.]]
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Several, if you consider that all the clowns (even the mean ones) make their living by pretending to be lovable, fun-filled child entertainers. Binky is the main example though.
* NiceHat: One of Palookaville's plainclothes cops wears a porkpie. [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel In 1991.]]
** Similarly, Shakes's boss wears a zoot suit, complete with hat.
* OfCorpseHesAlive: Subverted: Binky and his "friends" do some playing around with the Boss' corpse and Shakes' passed out body, but they never actually pretend he's alive to anyone who doesn't know otherwise.
* ParentalSubstitute: Shakes' boss, which makes Shakes all the more upset to wake up from being passed out cold to find [[spoiler: him dead and the possibility existing that Shakes did it]].
* PocketProtector: Shakes is saved from a gunshot by his flask of whiskey.
* PunnyName: Shakes the Clown is a pun on the [[BlackComedy "shakes" that former alcoholics get]].
* SeinfeldianConversation: "What's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_James_and_the_Shondells Shondell]]?"
* SpySpeak: One of Binky's henchmen tells him "The Dolphins are in the Jacuzzi" in reference to a successful drug purchase.
* TinkleInTheEye: At the beginning.
* ThisExplainsSoMuch: When Shakes disguises himself as a mime to [[spoiler: search for clues to the solving of a murder at a mime school,]] his two friends nearly beat him to a pulp before realizing it's him, and even then, they remain disgusted, with one of them remarking that he suddenly understands "all those times he would just sit there saying nothing." But Shakes finally manages to persuade his friends that he's still a clown.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Boots and Ho-Ho (Binky's {{Mooks}}).
* VillainousHarlequin: (Duh, this is a show about clowns) Binky.
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