1.23.2007

Throw Your Hands in the Air: The Slow Clap


Catharses don’t come often and they don’t come cheap, so when we learn life’s most valuable lessons about greed, honor, love, courage, jocks and nerds, it’s nice to get some feedback. And there’s no better way to validate a particularly emotional victory than with a long, hard, and distinctively slooooow…

… clap.

Immortalized in a slew of inspirational 1980’s films, the slow clap has remarkably maintained its place as Hollywood’s favorite unthinkable victory cue. It begins with a single clap, often coming from the protagonist’s abandoned best friend or mean yet shockingly honorable nemesis, only to spread through a confused audience faster than Britney’s legs. Soon, our hero stands before a crowd of naysayers who have suddenly seen the light, whooping and hollering their unbridled support despite nearly an hour and a half of being incredible assholes. Is such an emotional U-turn realistic? Hells no, but neither is Corey Haim’s acting.

So throw your hands in the air and wave them like you might have just witnessed something worth caring about, because we proudly present the longest, hardest and slowest clap ever. No applause necessary.

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16 comments:

  1. Mannythedog says:

    You should be ashamed for forgetting the best … slow… clap… ever. The one from Dead Poet’s Society.

    For shame.

  2. stu says:

    Ummm. Not Another Teen Movie?! where they did a whole BIT about the slow-clap..

  3. CuzIknowyoulikeit says:

    What movie had the first slow…..clap……ever?

  4. Drew says:

    Best part about this video: an already balding Jeremy Piven as a slow clapper in the scene from “Lucas.”

  5. nutman common says:

    why are all those slow clap clips from crappy movies…

  6. george clooney says:

    My finest moment.

  7. rhymasaurus rex says:

    Good video, by the way. No one here even thought of praising your efforts.

  8. Sulk says:

    How can you have this list and not have Not Another Teen Movie on it?

  9. methadonor says:

    clap………….clap………………clap………….clap……..clap……clap……clap……clap……clap…..clap….clap…clap..clap..clap..clap.clap.clap.clap.clapclapclapclapclapclap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  10. lousymovielover says:

    Somebody should tell Michael Bay about the slow clap. I mean, if he had put a slow clap into The Island or, think of it, Pearl Harbor. That would have been unreal.

  11. Hotdog Neck says:

    CLAP………………………..CLAP…………………………….CLAP…………………………CLAP…………cLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP I have the clap.

  12. Mannythepacker says:

    I…….want…….to…..slow….clap…you..so.HARD!!!!!!!
    In my next movie, I shall DEMAND a good-good slow clap scene.

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  14. VegasKratt says:

    I believe I have found it.

    Robert Redford in Brubaker (Classic)

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