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Finding Amanda (2008)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 27

Despite a charming turn by Matthew Broderick, Finding Amanda is too flimsily executed to succeed as a dark comedy.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 12

Despite a charming turn by Matthew Broderick, Finding Amanda is too flimsily executed to succeed as a dark comedy.



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Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan makes his feature directorial debut with this comedy starring Matthew Broderick as a moderately successful television writer whose addiction to alcohol, gambling, and drugs make dealing with the latest family crisis especially difficult. Taylor Peters (Broderick) is the writer and producer of a low-rated television sitcom that gets repeatedly bashed by critics and fares only slightly better with the viewing public. His career thrown off the tracks years ago due


Drama, Comedy

Peter Tolan

Sep 16, 2008


Mitropoulos Films

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (27) | DVD (2)

Offers a steady supply of clever lines but suffers from the patina of self-loathing common to industry lifers and the unfortunate miscasting of straight-arrow Broderick as a depressed, cynical hack.

December 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Matthew Broderick regains his cinematic stride as a morosely wise-cracking television producer on the skids, ably abetted by Maura Tierney as his much-put-upon wife and Brittany Snow as his perky prostitute niece.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A very darkly humorous film.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Broderick's sunny spin on the deeply flawed Taylor is interesting but eventually defies belief. In the third act, Finding Amanda loses steam altogether.

June 30, 2008 | Comment (1)
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Finding Amanda has some of the good and a lot of the bad aspects of a first film written and directed by the same person.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Much of Finding Amanda doesn't stand up to close scrutiny, but at its best the still-boyish Broderick suggests his most famous character, Ferris Bueller, going through a midlife crisis.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Mature, uneven prostitution dramedy loses its way.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Offers up some zinger lines in the trenches of Sin City but fails to live up to its ingenious concept.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Hopelessly uneven yet admittedly entertaining...

October 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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This unromantic comedy is something less than a sure bet. For some reason, you get the impression that it doesn't live up to the promise of its premise.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comment (1)
Cinema Signals

This vulgar film, replete with vile language and graphic descriptions of sex acts, degrades our culture. Even George Carlin might find it offensive.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Though Finding Amanda's story reaches a reasonably satisfying conclusion, the empty characters at its center make the whole thing feel like a waste.

June 29, 2008 Full Review Source:

Doesn't have a nuance in it, but it's pretty consistently amusing in its latter-day Woody Allen way. For most of the way, its morals are happily, believably wrong, but all bad things must come to an end.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Writer-director Peter Tolan has glibness down pat, but can't quite wring the intended pathos from his characters' desperate lives. He does, however, give Broderick his best part since Election.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Too much of Peter Tolan's movie takes up Taylor's self-absorption as if it's actually interesting.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

This cloying comedy is barely enlivened by its talented stars who both deserve much better.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source:

Amanda can never find a tone. It opens with a scene-reading (Taylor is a writer on a hacky TV show) that produces yawns, where our lead character is the only one that laughs. It's prophetic.

June 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Deadbolt
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Audience Reviews for Finding Amanda

CAST: Matthew Broderick, Maura Tierney, Brittany Snow, Peter Facinelli

SUMMARY: A television producer with a penchant for drinking and gambling is sent to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece to enter rehab.

MY THOUGHTS: "It was much funnier then I had expected it to be. The topics are pretty heavy, but talked about in a dark humor kind of way that makes the issues less serious then what they really are. I guess if you want to find humor in prostitution, gambling, and alcoholism then this is the movie for you. I will say in the end he does say some deep meaningful words to her and that's when it's not so funny anymore. The ending is what I expected and predicted it would be. So see this for a good laugh if nothing else. Matthew Broderick was funny, and Brittany Snow really made the Uncle and Niece relationship extra special awkward. Good rent for a lazy day."
May 29, 2010

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This was much better than I expected. Funny in a dark way and quite moving as well.
August 31, 2009

Super Reviewer

I have just one word to describe this movie: nice. It's a really nice movie. And I mean that without a trace of irony. Brittany Snow is darling. No irony in that either.
July 19, 2008

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