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Finding Amanda (2008)

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A television producer with a penchant for drinking and gambling is sent to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece to enter rehab.

Director:

Peter Tolan

Writer:

Peter Tolan
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Taylor Mendon
Brittany Snow ... Amanda
Maura Tierney ... Lorraine Mendon
Peter Facinelli ... Greg
Steve Coogan ... Michael Henry
Ed Begley Jr. ... Himself
Bill Fagerbakke ... Larry
Patrick Fischler ... Kevin - TV Executive
Peggy J. Scott ... Sharon the Maid (as Peggy Scott)
Jennifer Hall ... Wendy the Cage Girl
Daniel Roebuck ... Link
Lester Speight ... BV (as Lester Rasta Speight)
J.P. Manoux ... Tony Clark
Jennifer Rau ... Whisper
Allan Wasserman ... Dr. Chase
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Storyline

Taylor Mendon is a Hollywood scriptwriter on a minor rebound from drugs and booze. He's writing for a mirthless sit-com and betting on the horses behind his wife's back when her sister calls needing help: Taylor's 20-year-old niece Amanda has become a hooker in Las Vegas. He promises to find her, bring her back, and pay for her stay at an expensive rehab center. Once in Nevada, Taylor starts gambling in earnest using money loaned him by the casino. He also finds Amanda, a cheerful prostitute, uninterested in reform. Can Taylor win back his borrowings, keep his wife from discovering his habit, and help Amanda find redemption? Or is life different from a sit-com? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

When it comes to screwing up their lives, some people don't know when to cry uncle. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2011 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Amanda See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,340, 29 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,408, 13 July 2008
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Capacity Pictures,MJ Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Taylor Mendon: You and me - we live to make bad choices. We need a person in our lives who, who looks at us when we fuck up and remembers who we were, who we could be. If you don't have someone like that, all you have is you. Sooner or later, left to your own brilliant damaged devices, you'll just go spinning off the goddamn planet. You lose that person, you're done.
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Connections

References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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Written by Brad Hatfield
Performed by Alastair Moock and Duke Levine
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Why can't all Hollywood movies be like this one ?
20 June 2008 | by pilotpilotSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying that this is an excellent film in almost every respect - clever dialogs which underlie a mature understanding of the psycho-dynamics of the characters, brilliant directing and overall very good acting. The main theme of the movie is denial - all characters lie to each other and especially to themselves about almost every respect of their lives. This is a fresh breath of air relatively to all those formula Hollywood movies where all characters only act according to some ridiculous higher ideology. I feel that for the first time in a long while I am actually watching the story of real people. Although the story in the movie comes to a solution, this is by no means a corny Hollywood like solution but actually is able to reveal some new insight into the story - which is always the sign of a great work of art. I am quite sure this movie deserves a larger audience than it got, I am certainly going to follow the next works of the creators of this film. Great job everyone.


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