• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Michael Traeger
    In Theaters:
    Feb 6, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 12, 2008
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The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) Reviews

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LWOODS04
LWOODS04

Super Reviewer

November 6, 2009
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."
Apeneck F

Super Reviewer

November 3, 2011
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.
TheDudeLebowski65
TheDudeLebowski65

Super Reviewer

May 28, 2011
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.
Cynthia S

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

November 9, 2006
Weird. Funny, but weird.
SC007
SC007

Super Reviewer

December 26, 2009
Hilarious film. Great ensemble cast. If you have ever tried making any film, then you will definitely relate to all the production problems that they go through in making their own film.
xxdebxx
xxdebxx

Super Reviewer

June 8, 2010
This film is a lighthearted spoof on porn movies that makes fun of all the myths about the industry and while it is not laugh out hilarious, it will keep you smiling. Now before you say, "I don't want to see a movie about making a porno!" just hold on okay, (*spoiler?..it didn't actually contain any porn and It's Not About Sex.*) There goes three quarters of the people who were going to check "Want to see it" lol.

Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, Ted Danson, Glenne Headley, Jane Tripplehorn, William Fichtner, Patrick Fugit, among others.

Andy (Jeff Bridges) is having a bad year. His wife leaves him because he is a loser and is now remarried to a guy who is stinking rich and his son is living with his wife's new husband in their fancy mansion. All Andy wants is to impress his son and to make him feel that he has a father who cares very much for him. But he's an out-of-work loser whose every plan always dissipates. But one day whilst he is at a bar, Andy comes up with the idea of to make a porno film in the hopes that it will change his fortune and life and he gets the townsfolk to help him.

The real theme of the movie is about the love between a father and son, and for those of you who are still confused.....Check out this film and you'll understand what I am talking about.
Jason C

Super Reviewer

March 12, 2009
OK, so it starts out slow.
The Amateurs has so many good actors. So many actors I've loved in other roles. From Patrick Fugit in Wrist Cutters, to Ted Danson in Becker (TV), it's even graced by Jeff Bridges from Big Lebowski. Every actor does such a good job in making their characters count.
It's about a bunch of friends who are losers/nobody's in a small town, who jump on board with Andy, who decides to make a porno. They're a bunch of likable characters who think it is easy to do, but don't have the personality to pull it off. Everything from recruiting people to be in the movie, to filming are funny. Lessons are learned, and friendships are made even stronger in this very entertaining, funny, well directed film. Even though it starts out slow, it is a very well done movie..... about making a movie. See it.
iLeo
iLeo

Super Reviewer

December 21, 2007
Brilliant movie! Absolutely love it, by far one of the better films I have seen in quite a while. Here's an interesting story plot about a fantastic group of friends who decide on a whim to make a porn film. One purpose: to improve their lot in life, and support a friend in need. Great all-around cast (and among my favorites): Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, & William Fichtner. Patrick Fugit tops off this crazy bunch. Hilarious scenes. A must-see! Great music.
May 31, 2013
Watching 'Moguls' was like looking at a math problem where all of the work was right, but the answer was wrong.
July 11, 2010
If you're going to make a porno, why not involve the whole town? Funny that. Definitely don't agree with everyone else on this one.
Hamee
March 30, 2010
A ridiculous movie that was worth watching once. For a movie about making a porn film, it was very G-rated. The story was a bit unbelievable, but in the end everyone in the town was better off so I am okay with the improbability of any of this actually happening.
June 13, 2009
Charming little film about a town that bands together to invest in a porn film starring themselves and others, this has lots of small amusing bits throughout and a charming feel overall.

Worth a rental.
JHeafitz
January 11, 2009
Not the best ecclectic cast. Ted Danson just played his cheers character. Jeff bridges was ok but has been better. It was kind of like Welcome to Collingwood. I guess one of the flaws of this movie is that you could see where it was headed before it got there almost as if this was a takeoff of a better movie
nkkigrrl28
January 21, 2008
I really wanted to like this! Cool cast, and cute concept, but it just didn't deliver. You can tell that the actors are having a blast and you wish you can laugh with them, but can't.
jackiecole82
July 28, 2008
Quirky and cute as well as funny. There are a lot of warm-and-fuzzy moments in this movie; I liked it and thought it was touching.
July 11, 2008
It's silly to think about and it was quite simple however it had way too happy and unrealistic ending. However it made me remember that movies are allowed to create happy endings to make the audience smile. It tooka bit to get into but it was delightful.
June 24, 2008
Though it boasts a great cast, it tries a little bit hard to emulate "State and Main." It was okay.
March 9, 2007
06-22-08 --I really felt for the main character in this movie (Jeff Bridges). I mean he was at a point in his life where he just didn't know what to do and where to go from there. He just wanted to have money and a life that he can be proud of so that he doesn't feel ashamed when he is with his son. What better way than to attempt to make a porno. Good flick!
StaisilD
April 7, 2008
Citizens of a small town, under the influence of a man in the midst of a mid-life crisis, come together to make an adult film. eff Bridges stars as a recent divorcée who is down on his luck in a small town. Looking for a way to make it big and have the means to spoil his son, he decides to make a porn movie. He does this with the help of his supportive friends, including Pantoliano, Ted Danson, William Fichtner, Tim Blake Nelson and Patrick Fugit. Their film will be distinctive because it will be made by and feature talent from their own small town. Pantoliano plays the appropriately named writer-director of the production, Some Idiot. Danson plays a gay friend who tries too hard at hiding his sexual orientation, making for some very funny and awkward moments. Fichtner does a really good job with making a fairly plain character entertaining and fun to watch. Bridges plays a loser in the vein of "The Dude", except he's got it together a little more and is a little cleaner cut. About half of Bridges performance is voice-over as well, which was done fairly well. My biggest complaint would be that their female characters receive very little screen time and are underdeveloped. The cut we saw really underused Lauren Graham and Judy Greer. The film has been named THE MOGULS and DIRTY MOVIE in other countries and perhaps that confusion of titles has been part of the problem of the lack of promotion the film received in the theaters. But in a way, seeing this very special movie in home surroundings adds to the intimacy and the very warmly honest view of the genuinely kind and caring interrelationships among the people of this small town.
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