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Finding Amanda (2008)

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Critic Consensus: 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 to his penchant for compulsive gambling, heavy drinking, and frequent recreational drug use, Taylor struggles to keep his additions under control. Sure, he still plays the horses every now and then, but the less that his wife Lorraine (Maura Tierney) knows about that, the better. When Lorraine's sister discovers that her 20-year old daughter Amanda (Brittany Snow) has been working as a Las Vegas prostitute, she calls the family together for an emergency meeting. Later, during the ride home, Lorraine discovers Taylor's racing stubs stashed in the glove compartment and announces that she is filing for divorce. Desperate not to lose his wife, Taylor hatches an ingenious plan to win back her affections and prove he's a changed man: he'll travel to Las Vegas, locate Amanda, and take her to rehab in Malibu. It's a noble plan indeed, but can a man given to such vices truly exercise the Herculean restrain needed to avoid the blackjack tables and accomplish his noble mission while traveling through the sordid streets of a city built on the very foundation of temptation?
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    R (for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity)
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     wide
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  • Box Office:
    $31,340.00
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    Mitropoulos Films

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Cast

Matthew Broderick
as Taylor Mendon
Maura Tierney
as Lorraine Mendon
Steve Coogan
as Michael Henry
Victoria De Mare
as Hot Club Goer No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Finding Amanda

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (20)

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.

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

A very darkly humorous film.

October 18, 2008
Newsday
Top Critic

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2008
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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2008
New York Post
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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."

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

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Hilarious and awkward. My kind of funny...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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