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The Clapper

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Quirky, Hollywood-set romcom has charm, language.

Movie R 2018 89 minutes
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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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