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LWOODS04
Super Reviewer
½ 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."
Super Reviewer
½ 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
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.
Super Reviewer
½ October 7, 2010
This movie was chock full of familiar faces, and yet could have been better.
Super Reviewer
½ November 9, 2006
Weird. Funny, but weird.
SC007
Super Reviewer
½ 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
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.
Super Reviewer
½ 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
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.
October 29, 2012
I have to give this movie 4 stars not because it was good, but because I was laughing out loud to the point of tears at more than a few points in the film. First off the cast is great. Second, the premise is even better. A small town of nobody's coming together to make a porno. Anyone who knows anything about the movie biz should love this movie. And if you've ever seen a porno you'll laugh your ass off. It's like State and Main, but they're making porn! Definately worth checking out.
½ May 9, 2012
I can't understand why such a talented cast was attracted to such a lousy script. Why would ALL of these people sign on for this shit? And the worst thing is that they are all still pretty entertaining and interact with each other enjoyably, but then there's so much unnecessary narration that it kept pulling me out. It was like there wasn't a full screenplay so last minute narration was thrown in to make everything piece together. But despite all of that, I wasn't really annoyed with the movie until the last ten minutes or so where it just gets REALLY stupid. Such a frustrating and unrealistic ending.
½ April 22, 2012
Gentle farce that is often at odds with its premise of a community making a porn flick. For all the world it feels like an American version of Kinky Boots, Calander Girls or Made in Dagenham and that's not a bad thing.. It's just the plot is vastly under developed and misses many opportunities for fun. Fitchner steal every scene as the one character with amusing lines and a real character. The rest of the cast have little to do and a constant narration drives instead of supporting the plot. Fugit fans will be disappointed as the guy seems to have had any lines or character personality removed from the film.
September 21, 2011
Much more touching and much less sexy than expected but certainly worth watching anyway! It's not a movie about the porno business, but about friendship, love, and family.
½ February 2, 2011
Even though the cast gives better-than-average performances, the boring, self-indulgent script is impossible to overcome.
January 10, 2011
In one sense, The Amateurs is a mess of a comedy, but on the other hand, it's just hard to not like it. Writer-Director Michael Traeger sets his quirky film in a town called Butterface Fields, where bored men pass the time, literally, by making cheap porn. For one husband and wife (Jeff Bridges and Jeanne Tripplehorn) amateur porn is the path to a potentially better life.

Andy (Bridges) recruits his buddy Some (a sweet and funny Joe Pantoliano) to write and direct the flick, since Some (short for Some Idiot) has some film school experience. Emmett (Patrick Fugit) who works at a local video store, will do the camera work. Barney (Tim Blake Nelson) will do the press, and Moose (Ted Danson) will be the stud, despite the fact he vehemently denies he's gay. And then there's Otis (William Fichter) who dubs Moose 'assmaster' and signs on as executive producer, since he's just interested in in hanging out with the ladies.

The actors are of course way overqualified for this film, but that's makes it all the more fun. Traeger's script tends to go way overboard with credulity, but there's enough laughs to save it, such as when the guys decide their flick needs 'carpet munching, black men with elephant dicks, and a half-dozen guys unloading on a gal until she looks like a melted candle.'

Amazingly, The Amateurs isn't ripe with outrageous vulgar gags. The film turns unexpectedly heartwarming. But ultimately it's a fun time all around.
½ September 17, 2010
Not nearly as bad as these reviews would have you believe, it's worth a watch. At least it made me laugh several times, which is more than most of the 'so-called' comedies do these days.
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.
½ April 29, 2010
Highly enjoyable, this film was like a warm apple pie. It just feels good all warm and nice. Without the fuzzy part. But I enjoyed the quirky half baked characters and hell even if it's not a real good movie... it moves by with charm.
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.
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