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The Clapper is an American comedy film written and directed by Dito Montiel, based upon Montiel's novel Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper. It stars Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Adam Levine, Mickey Gooch Jr. and Russell Peters. The film marks the final film role of Alan Thicke, who died December 13, 2016.

The Clapper
The Clapper poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDito Montiel
Produced by
  • Mike Falbo
  • Ed Helms
  • Alex Lebovici
  • Dito Montiel
  • Steve Ponce
  • Robin Schorr
Screenplay byDito Montiel
Based onEddie Krumble Is the Clapper
by Dito Montiel
Music byJimmy Haun
David Wittman
CinematographyMichael Barrett
Edited byJake Pushinsky
  • Oriah Entertainment
  • Cedarvale Pictures
  • LTD Films
  • Pacific Electric Picture Company
  • Skit Bags
Distributed byMomentum Pictures
Release date
  • April 23, 2017 (2017-04-23) (Tribeca)
  • January 26, 2018 (2018-01-26) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2017. It was released on January 26, 2018, by Momentum Pictures.



Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms) is a widowed contract actor who gets paid to pretend to be an audience member for infomercials, along with his best friend Chris (Tracy Morgan). He is also has a budding romance with Judy (Amanda Seyfried), a socially awkward gas station attendant. One day, his frequent appearances as a recurring audience member get noticed by Stillerman (Russell Peters), a late night talk show host. The attention from Stillerman's segments searching for "the Clapper" ruins Eddie's chances of getting more acting work. The Stillerman Show begins sending camera crews out to people and places that might have information on Eddie. When they show up at Judy's gas station, she is fired and appears to go missing.

While he initially declines offers to appear on Stillerman's show without payment (there is a rule against paying guests), Eddie caves and appears on the show to explain his desire to find Judy. Following this, Eddie and Chris agree to do several "Searching for Judy" segments on the show (which they are paid for). After several such segments, Judy phones the network and tells Eddie on-air to stop "stalking" her. Afraid of a lawsuit, the show ends these segments and cut ties with Eddie and Chris.

Six months later, Eddie and Chris reappear on Stillerman's show. Eddie's mother Ida (Brenda Vaccaro) appears and berates Stillerman for his treatment of her son. An emotional Eddie admits that he misses his late wife and that he loves Judy, who happens to see the segment while she is pumping gas that night. Because Eddie mentions on television where he'll be the next day, Judy finds him and tells him she loves him back. They subsequently marry. In the closing credits, Eddie is able to host his own informational TV series.



In February 2016, it was announced Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried would star in the film, with Dito Montiel directing the film from a screenplay he wrote, based upon the novel of the same name. Helms, Mike Falbo would serve as producers on the film under their Pacific Electric banner, alongside Robin Schoor.[1] In April 2016, Tracy Morgan joined the cast of the film, with Alex Lebovici and Michael Bien joining as executive producing and Steve Ponce producers under his Oriah Entertainment banner.[2] In May 2016, Russell Peters joined the cast of the film.[3] In June 2016, Adam Levine, Leah Remini, P.J. Byrne, Mickey Gooch Jr., and Brenda Vaccaro joined the cast of the film.[4][5] That same month, Mark Cuban, Rob Gronkowski, and Sara Sampaio joined the cast of the film.[6] In July 2016, Wendy Braun joined the cast of the film.[7]


Principal photography began in June 2016.[8][9]


The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2017.[10] Shortly after, Momentum Pictures and Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[11] It was released in a limited release and through video on demand on January 26, 2018.[12] It was released through Netflix on May 1, 2018.[13]

Critical receptionEdit

The Clapper received negative reviews from film critics. It holds a 25% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 24 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.1/10.[14] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 21 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[15]


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
2019 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actress Amanda Seyfried Nominated [16]


  1. ^ Busch, Anita (February 5, 2016). "Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried Lead Cast Of Comedy 'The Clapper'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Busch, Anita (April 7, 2016). "Tracy Morgan In Talks To Star With Ed Helms In Dito Montiel's 'The Clapper'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 31, 2016). "Russell Peters Joins Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried in 'The Clapper'". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (June 7, 2016). "'The Voice's Adam Levine Joins Comedy Feature 'The Clapper'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Ali, Rasha (June 7, 2016). "Adam Levine Joins Indie Comedy 'The Clapper'". The Wrap. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Busch, Anita (June 20, 2016). "Mark Cuban, Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski & Sara Sampaio Join Comedy 'The Clapper'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  7. ^ Pederson, Erik (July 13, 2016). "Michael Trucco & Ryan McPartlin Sail With 'Hunter Killer'; Wendy Braun Joins 'The Clapper'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  8. ^ The show must go on: Tracy Morgan keeps busy filming new movie The Clapper as he marks the second anniversary of the fatal accident which came close to taking his life
  9. ^ Kristen, Kirby (June 14, 2016). "Animal attraction! Amanda Seyfried and Ed Helms lock lips on set of The Clapper as they are surrounded by barnyard animals". Daily Mail. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Cox, Gordon (March 2, 2017). "Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2017 Feature Film Slate (Full List)". Variety. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 14, 2017). "Dito Montiel's 'The Clapper' Strikes Deal At Momentum Pictures". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Evangelista, Chris (December 13, 2017). "The Clapper Trailer: Ed Helms is an Infomercial Superstar". Slash Film. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Van Luling, Todd (April 25, 2018). "Here's What Is Coming To Netflix In May 2018". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Clapper". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "The Clapper". Metacritic. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  16. ^ "39th Razzie Nominations!". YouTube: Razzie Channel.

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