National TV highlights for Monday, February 17.
CLOWN - SBS ONE, 11.30pm
Dark Danish dramas are the flavour of the moment, but did you know that our northern European neighbours do actually enjoy a light-hearted cackle? Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Larry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm's particular style of humour, Clown is a surprisingly naughty comedy that is so realistic it might trick you into thinking you are watching a reality-TV program. Tonight, Frank (Frank Hvam) has an issue with girlfriend Mia's (Mia Lyhne) friendly doctor, while his father turns up for a visit wanting help for a peculiar problem. Titled Klovn in Danish, which translates as fool, it proves the Danes certainly do have a sense of humour - a twisted one.
SUPERNATURAL (M) - ELEVEN, 8.30pm
For almost 10 years, the Winchester brothers have been entertaining with their unconventional storylines and their good looks. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have fought against supernatural evil - even in the depths of hell - without getting a scar on their handsome faces. Yet, after all these years, it seems circumstances are getting a bit of a shakeup, with the two siblings going out on their own. And to make things even more interesting, they have each acquired a "partner" to help them out. Tonight, Castiel (Misha Collins) teams with Sam to locate evil Gadreel. Meanwhile, Dean and the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark Sheppard), form an unlikely partnership.
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE (2011) - NINE, 9.40pm
Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore. Steve Carrell shows his versatility playing Cal, who reluctantly finds himself back on the dating scene after his wife of 25 years, Emily (Julianne Moore), asks for a divorce. Cue womanising Jacob, (Ryan Gosling), who teaches Cal a few tricks in style and romance, while learning his own lessons in love after unexpectedly falling for wholesome Hannah (Emma Stone). Writer Dan Fogel has aimed the humour specifically at adults, so expect clever wit and plenty of belly laughs, but put the kids to bed.
BATTLE LOS ANGELES (2011) - GO!, 9.30pm
Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan. The city of Los Angeles cops a thrashing in this alien attack movie. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), this action-packed flick stars Aaron Eckhart as Sergeant Michael Nantz, a senior soldier set to retire after a mission in Iraq goes horribly wrong. But first, he's got to sort out a horde of metallic killer aliens who have landed off the Los Angeles coast. With a loyal band of Marines (including Ramon Rodriguez and pop singer Ne-Yo) Nantz embarks on a deadly mission to save the city. With an overdose of cliches, shaky camera work and deafening sound effects, this movie will satisfy only the most dedicated action buffs.
ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE (1970) - GEM, 12.00pm
Beryl Reid, Harry Andrews, Peter McEnery. An offbeat and seriously twisted comedy about morals, the lack of them, and murder, adapted from the acclaimed play by Joe Orton. The Mr Sloane (Peter McEnery) in question is a handsome and rather loose character, who lodges at a family's residence and proceeds to turn their lives upside-down.
THE HAUNTING (1999) - ELEVEN, 10.30pm
Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor. The significance of this version pales in comparison to Robert Wise's 1963 original. The characters are archetypes of the horror genre: the sensitive one (Lili Taylor), the leader (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and the wisecracker (Owen Wilson). They are invited to a secluded mansion by a Machiavellian "researcher" (Liam Neeson) for a night. All the classic aspects of horror are here, but director Jan De Bont (Speed) can't inject authentic spookiness into proceedings - the dialogue is distractingly dodgy and the fantastic visual effects tend to overpower the story.