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But Seriously, Why Is Ed Helms A Thing When We Have Literally Anyone Else Around?

By Jodi Smith | Industry | December 14, 2017 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | December 14, 2017 |

So, Ed Helms. He was perfect for making me thoroughly dislike Andy on The Office. He was boring and unneeded in The Hangover, but then so was the entire cast in the next two sequels. Helms tried to pull off a revamp of National Lampoon’s Vacation, but he just isn’t that guy. He’s just a mediocre white guy stumbling into ensemble pieces, where he looks good by association, and then falling into failure in his quest to be a leading man.

Now he gets to romance the much younger Amanda Seyfried in a movie called The Clapper. As you watch the trailer, keep in mind that this movie is getting a theatrical run in January 2018.

Eddie Krumble (Ed Helms) moves to Los Angeles looking for a fresh start and becomes a professional paid audience member for infomercials and other live studio tapings, with his best friend Chris (Tracy Morgan) at his side. After a lifetime of drawing the short straw, Eddie seems to have finally caught a break as he forms a bond with winsome gas station attendant, Judy (Amanda Seyfried). But when Eddie’s many disguises and telegenic enthusiasm catch the eye of a notorious late night talk show host and his producer (Adam Levine), they turn Eddie’s life into the newest national obsession, threatening his budding romance.

That is some of the most try-hard twee bullshit I’ve seen in a long time. It physically hurt me to watch Helms romance Seyfried and then get upset that people noticed he works as a plant in infomercials. But this is still an idiotic plotline that could possibly work if someone like Paul Rudd were the leading man. Or maybe Charming Potato. Or Ezra Miller. Or ANYONE ELSE.



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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.