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The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) (2005)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 22

The Amateurs is a largely unfunny sex comedy that squanders a talented cast.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

The Amateurs is a largely unfunny sex comedy that squanders a talented cast.



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A man down on his luck hatches a different kind of get-rich-quick scheme in this independent comedy. Andy Sargentee (Jeff Bridges) is a middle-aged divorcÚ who is down in the dumps after the departure of his wife, Thelma (Jeanne Tripplehorn), and son, Billy (Alex D. Linz). The fact that Thelma's new hubby is quite wealthy only makes things more troubling for Andy, and he keeps thinking that if he had more money he could be back in her good graces. One night, while knocking back drinks with his



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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (22) | DVD (5)

It ranges from awkward to excruciating.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This sort of thing was done much better by the British years ago in The Full Monty and Calendar Girls. There's really no call for an American rehash.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Do not waste your time with The Amateurs.

December 10, 2007 | Comment (1)
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There are no laughs to be found in writer-director Michael Traeger's would-be comedy The Amateurs, but there is one big mystery: how actors of this caliber could have been convinced to take part.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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As a writer, Traeger is consternatingly adolescent and glib.

December 6, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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You'll notice that the actors are way overqualified for this nonsense. But the kick they get out of one another is what pulls you in.

September 7, 2006
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An uneven and unimaginative sex comedy about small-town losers.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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ultimately heartwarming and humorous enough to merit a recommendation

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source:

...ultimately finds itself unable to hold the viewer's interest for more than a few minutes at a time.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Amateurs had all the potential in the world to be a charming, oddball delight, but it's a mess. A horrible mess. Albeit a horrible mess with some big laughs and the evergreen presence of Jeff Bridges.

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

The only burst of creativity is the number of euphemisms Traeger has for pussy ("fruit cup" was my favorite)

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

All this star power goes for naught in Traeger's film, which tries to blend bucolic sweetness with juvenile let's-make-a-porno jokes.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The chief virtue of Amateurs is that it gives many talented people (Valerie Perrine, Judy Greer, Lauren Graham, Tim Blake Nelson) a scene or two in which to shine.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A strong ensemble cast spruces up a weak script in this trifle...the little picture that, ultimately, doesn't.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The Amateurs has been shelved for a number of years because -- just a ballpark guess here -- it's not funny.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Potential laughs are largely lost due to the one-note nature of the characters.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's just not much fun to watch first time director Michael Traeger aim for Capra-esque comedy and wind up closer to crap.

December 6, 2007 Full Review Source:

The Amateurs turns out to be a mini-classic of sweet vulgarity, much in the vicinity if not the exact class of the recent spate of the Judd Apatow canon.

December 5, 2007 Full Review Source:

How embarrassing to see an actor of Jeff Bridges's calibre giving his all in such a terrible film. It's a lame comedy which raises only a few facetious groans.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie)

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, William Fichtner, Ted Danson, Patrick Fugit, John Hawkes, Brad William Henke, Glenne Headly, Tom Bower, Lauren Graham, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Judy Greer

Director: Michael Traeger

Summary: Divorced and depressed, Andy Sargentee (Jeff Bridges) hatches a plan to produce an adult movie and get rich. But the production is plagued by a host of problems, not the least of which is a leading man (Ted Danson) who has trouble "performing" on command. Andy also drafts his buddy Barney (Tim Blake Nelson) to serve as co-producer and appoints geeky Emmett (Patrick Fugit), a kid who owns a video camera, for director of photography.

My Thoughts: "A quirky film filled with colorful characters. The people are the best part of the film. Ted Danson as Moose has to be my favorite besides William Fichtner as Otis. Joe Pantoliano was pretty funny as Some Idiot as well. Just a fun film that you can't take too serious, even if it is basically about a father wanting more for himself so his son would be proud of him. I loved that they all stood by Andy and pulled together to help him out. A good small town film. The movie has a great cast who all put in great performances. It's a film to see at least once just for the cast and the odd-ball characters."
March 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

First rate cast of regular faces clowning around in a less than first rate feature that tries but doesn't quite deliver. Small towners unite to make a porno to bolster their less than promising fortunes.
November 3, 2011

Super Reviewer

The Amateurs is a terrific comedy about a man who seeks to make a quick by making a porno and enlists his buddies. They set out to make an amateur porn film. The plot may seem a tad uninteresting and maybe offensive to some, but it's definitely not. The film is a well acted, and plot film that actually has heart. The film is not what you'd expect. I was pleasantly surprised with this film and I thought the cast delivered great performances. In The Amateurs you have a mixed bunch of talented actors and they all bring something unique to the screen. The Amateurs is a film that borderlines on drama, as it has a few dramatic bits because the lead character Andy, tries to reconnect with his son after a divorce, which by the films end, does just that. I really believe that this is an underrated Comedy drama film. Critics have been unfair to this one and really how can they give this film a bad review? Sure it's not everyones cup of tea, but The Amateurs is charming film that has a wonderful cast of actors and good comic moments. I'd say that The Amateurs is a feel good film. One thing that is a big plus for the film is it's ensemble cast of talented actors, Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Tim Blake Nelson and Joe Pantoliano make this film enjoyable. What we have with The Amateurs is a very well acted comedy film thats very underrated and that doesn't follow the usual stupid formula of every other comedy out there. Sure the plot is silly a bit, but it's smartly crafted and with the cast at hand, they really make this film work well. A wonderful comedy that so many critics haven't realized how good it really is.
May 28, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This movie was chock full of familiar faces, and yet could have been better.
October 7, 2010

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