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Clapping for the Wrong Reasons (2013)

Clapping For the Wrong Reasons follows a seemingly mundane day in the life of a young affluent rapper as he wanders through his cavernous mansion.


Hiro Murai


Donald Glover


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Cast overview:
Donald Glover ... Himself (as Childish Gambino)
Abella Anderson Abella Anderson ... Herself
Chance the Rapper ... Himself
Danielle Fishel ... Herself
Flying Lotus ... Himself
Trinidad James ... Himself
Emily Carter Emily Carter ... Herself (as Emily)
Fam Udeorji Fam Udeorji ... Himself (as Fam)
Ludwig Göransson ... Himself (as Ludwig)
Misla T. Misla T. ... Herself (as Misla)
Stefan Ponce Stefan Ponce ... Himself (as Stefan)
Steve G. Lover Steve G. Lover ... Himself (as Steve)
Jo Swank Jo Swank ... Himself (as Swank)
Clara Clara ... Herself


Clapping For the Wrong Reasons follows a seemingly mundane day in the life of a young affluent rapper as he wanders through his cavernous mansion.

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15 August 2013 (USA) See more »

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Doomsday Entertainment See more »
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The mansion that Glover and his friends are hanging out in is actually the home of Chris Bosh See more »


References Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »


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Nicely anxious and empty but overly long and doesn't have a strong message beyond the explicitly obvious one
6 May 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

At the time this short came out, I guess many people watched it because of Childish Gambino (it was ahead of Glover's new album, which was recorded in the large mansion in the film – which belongs to NBA player Chris Bosh). People such as me watching it now for the first time and probably coming back to it due to the show Atlanta. Coming from either side, this short film is probably a change of pace. From the music it is probably most jarring, but from Atlanta it is a big change in pace to have 25 minutes filled with space.

In terms of that length, it certainly did not need to be as long as that, and the same feeling of emptiness could have been produced a lot tighter but without it feeling rushed. I watch a lot of shorts, and 25 minutes is a really long running time and without the caliber of people involved, I doubt this would have any traction on that basis alone. Getting beyond that though, I did like the meditative 1970's indie cinema feel the whole thing had. The 16mm helped that of course, but also the very natural feel to the interactions, lighting, and lack of script.

The 'ordinariness' of the film's content clashes nicely with the lavish surroundings, and gives the film a nice anxiety throughout. I liked that feeling of the life being a façade chasing a materialistic fantasy which is unsustainable and unfulfilling. The film spells this out quite clearly with the gold-tooth moment, or the porn star drifting around the house, and I found these moments to be a bit too obvious. I would rather have had that bed of awareness, and let something else play out over the top. I'm glad I watched it as a curio for what else Glover has done, but this short film feels like it has core strengths that are lost by not pulling itself in and playing to those strengths – either by running everything too long, or being too blunt with its meaning.

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