The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) Reviews
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."
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.
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.
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.