It would seem that "Pocket full of Sunshine," the clown (Sarah Sypniewski), has been banished by the Clown High Council. Now, disgraced and living in a trailer next door to her wingman and confidante "Jiggles T. Clown" (Will Todisco), she aims to re-invent herself and find true love. Welcome to "Clown Car: A Love Story."
The first stop is to meet up with her new inmate pen pal, "HARDCORE" Correy (Kevin Nelson), who has just been released from prison. Though occasionally charming, when it allows for moments of genuine chemistry to bloom between Jiggles and Sunshine, the pacing of the film is a little awkward. It takes a while to get where it's going, and it only seems half sure of what kind of comedy it would like to be. As the journey with these characters unravels, I found myself becoming less and less interested in where all of this was headed. Some of the characters even end up becoming a little annoying - and loud. Too many talk and tell moments without any kind of real cinematic backdrop or visual rhythm.
Enter 'HARDCORE' Correy's former cellmate (Joseph Miller) in a
cool little insert that brings about an interesting twist and does manage to shake things up for at least a few moments. Now, there really is a strong, heartfelt performance from Sypniewski at the center of "Clown Car: A Love Story" - and it's ultimately what really keeps things afloat. In fact, all the actual "performances" were strong throughout - but there is only so much that a performance can do.
In terms of the technical look of the movie, a lot of the time, it feels like the cast just showed up and shot pages, cold, directly from a script rather than constructing a visual story. By that, I simply mean that although the cast did a good job - it felt like nothing else was given any real consideration. Framing, editing, and anything else that makes a movie a movie felt like it was playing second fiddle. The strengths of "Clown Car: A Love Story" are definitely in the performances. However, dull locations and uninspired visual flow had me struggling with this film a little more than I probably should have been. Two out of five stars.