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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.

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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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No really, she's his niece. See more »

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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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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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Great character development
21 August 2008 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a troubled middle aged man with addiction problems trying to rescue his niece from prostitution in Las Vegas.

Taylor is hopelessly addicted to gambling, hoping one day he will win it big. Amanda earns money by prostitution in Las Vegas, and is successful as she manages to make money to buy a house and a car at the tender age of 20. It is obvious that Taylor and Amanda are characters with things in common. They live in their own fantasy world, thinking that someday it will magically transform into utopia.

Given the subject matter, I find it surprising that "Finding Amanda" is marketed as a comedy. There are funny moments, but it is more a emotional drama about the two waking up from their dreamland. Taylor's addiction is convincingly portrayed by the adorable Matthew Broderick. Amanda is also a likable character, but she is far too happy and fluffy to be a person with a turbulent background. Greg, on the other hand, is convincingly despicable and disgusting.

"Finding Amanda" is slow at times, but it gives viewers ample time to digest what goes on with the characters. It provokes people to look into their lives, and maybe we can find a part of us that is hypocritical like Taylor is. This film is for people who like serious and emotional films, and it will not appeal to romantic comedy fans.


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