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Finding Amanda (2008)

Finding Amanda

Overview


Genre

Comedy, Drama

Release Date

June 27, 2008 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

100 min.

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Peter Tolan

Producer

Wayne Allan Rice, Richard Heller

Screenwriter

Peter Tolan

Starring

Story


Taylor Peters (Matthew Broderick) is a television writer and producer working on a low-rated, little-respected half-hour sitcom. Taylor was probably destined for better things, but his compulsive gambling, recreational drug use and drinking problem (now under control) all conspired to throw his career off the rails several years back. Now all he does is play the horses, but does his best to keep his wife Lorraine (Maura Tierney) in the dark about it.

Unexpectedly, Taylor and Lorraine are called to Lorraine's sister's house to deal with a family emergency: Taylor's twenty-year-old niece AmandaA (Brittany Snow) is living in Las Vegas where, it's been recently discovered, she's working as a prostitute. On their way home, Lorraine finds racing stubs in the glove compartment, and decides to leave Taylor. Lorraine decides not to come home.

Taylor comes up with a plan: he'll win back his wife's affections and trust by going to Las Vegas, finding Amanda and delivering her to rehab in Malibu. And while he's there, he vows, he won't gamble a cent. Alas, the best laid plans...

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..an occasionally funny, sometimes depressing..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..At a certain point, "Finding Amanda" becomes so unsavory that it's unpredictable..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..a generously funny, sharp-edged comedy with unusual promise..”
by Brian Orndorf [BrianOrndorf.com]