USA Today - 06/27/2008
"Matthew Broderick is low-key and droll....Snow is quite funny and is convincing....It's nice to see Broderick taking a more nuanced role in an indie film..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/19/2008
"Broderick and Snow display the ease of a veteran cinematic duo." -- Grade: B+
Though Matthew Broderick made it big in the 1980s playing cooler-than-cool Ferris Bueller, he's spent much of the 1990s and 2000s playing sad sacks, from ELECTION's Jim McCallister to THE STEPFORD WIVES' Walter Kresby. He continues that trend with the role of Taylor Peters in FINDING AMANDA. Taylor's luck as a TV writer is about to run out; his star, Ed Begley Jr. (playing himself), is unhappy with Taylor's unfunny scripts for his sitcom. Things at home aren't much better. Though he's been sober for several years, he sates his addictive personality with gambling, which doesn't please his long-suffering wife, Lorraine (Maura Tierney, NEWSRADIO). When he learns that Lorraine's niece, Amanda (Brittany Snow, PROM NIGHT), is earning a living as a hooker in Las Vegas, Peter sees a chance for his redemption. If he can find the young woman and take her to rehab, he can save his marriage. If only Amanda wasn't in the gambling and drinking capital of the world...
Written and directed by Peter Tolan, FINDING AMANDA is an autobiographical black comedy that can be painful to watch even if the audience doesn't know it's based on true events. But even so, this film is far closer to SIDEWAYS than to REQUIEM FOR A DREAM. Peter slides deeper and deeper into various kinds of addiction, but there's plenty of dark humor to be found when he tries to convince his niece of her troubles. Snow is bubbly and naive as Amanda, and Peter Facinelli is wonderfully oily as Amanda's loser boyfriend. In a small role, Steve Coogan (HAMLET 2) shines as a casino employee who keeps giving Peter money.
Description by Magnolia Home Entertainment:
Taylor (Matthew Broderick) is a television writer and producer whose compulsive gambling, recreational drug use and drinking problem are jeopardizing his career and marriage. In a desperate attempt to save his marriage to Lorraine (Maura Tierney), he sets off to redeem himself by bringing home his 20 year old niece (Brittany Snow) who is living in Vegas and working as a prostitute. While there, he vows not to gamble a cent or drink a drop of alcohol. Alas, the best laid plans...
Black Comedy |
Las Vegas, Nevada |
Prostitutes / Whores |
Theatrical Release |
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