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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Examines issue of meddling in people's private lives through media for entertainment purposes, but also feeds into that very idea. So even though it could spark discussion, the movie doesn't have much to say directly.
Positive Role Models
The characters are good people, but they're quirky and unrealistic and they make plenty of mistakes -- some of them very avoidable -- before they find their reward.
Violence & Scariness
A nail is accidentally hammered through someone's hand. Some blood. Yelling, ranting. Arguing. Brief threats. Mention of wife's death. Reference to being a stalker.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Sexual references ("porn star," "doggy style," "masturbating," etc.). Flirting.
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Several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "crap," "damn," and "idiot," plus a middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Characters frequently drink Coca-Cola from paper cups with the logo shown. Mobil gas station, Google search engine, Samsung logo. Mentions of Ralph's and Chuck E. Cheese.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Clapper is a romantic comedy starring Ed Helms about quirky people who work in the lower depths of Hollywood; the main character is a professional audience member on TV shows that sell dubious goods and services. Language is the biggest issue; there are several uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "a--hole," and more. There are also verbal sexual references ("doggy style," "masturbating," etc.), kissing, and flirting. A man accidentally hammers a nail through his hand, with some blood shown; otherwise, violence is limited to arguing, yelling, ranting, and a few threats. There are mentions of a man's wife dying and of a stalker. Name brands are shown and/or mentioned pretty regularly, including Coca-Cola, Google, Samsung, and Chuck E. Cheese. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though it's not exactly brilliant, this indie romcom is passably charming, and it finds offbeat atmosphere in an uncharted corner of Hollywood: scuzzy places where the glamorous would fear to tread. Writer/director Dito Montiel usually makes clumsily heavy-handed dramas, so it's a surprise to see him managing a comedy like The Clapper (based on his own 2007 novel Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper). He doesn't dig very deep into this world of "clapping," but for those who didn't even know it existed, it's at least a novelty.
Montiel also doesn't pry very deep into his characters. Eddie is such an oddball that it's hard to believe Judy could fall for him. But the two actors bring such a warm charm to their roles that they pull it off. Morgan is also more than a little wonderful as the slightly dim Chris, who stands by Eddie through thick and thin. The movie is fairly wise about the world of marginal celebrity, and the whole thing is somewhat plausible. But the best thing in The Clapper is its world, a weird underbelly of Hollywood consisting of cheap TV studios, gas stations, fast-food joints ("nobody sits inside"), and street-corner superheroes; it's hard to look away.
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