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The Amateurs

  • Rated R

independent, special interest


Citizens of a small town, under the influence of a man in the midst of a mid-life crisis, come together to make an adult film.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    15%
  • Audience Score
    54%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    15%
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  • Audience

    54%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The only burst of creativity is the number of euphemisms Traeger has for pussy ("fruit cup" was my favorite)

- Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: ultimately heartwarming and humorous enough to merit a recommendation

- Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com, Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rotten: A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.

- William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Monday, July 28, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

If you're going to make a porno, why not involve the whole town? Funny that. Definitely don't agree with everyone else on this one.

- sitron45, Sunday, July 11, 2010

2 stars

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, William Fichtner, Ted Danson, Patrick Fugit, John Hawkes, Brad William Henke, Glenne Headly, Tom Bower, Lauren Graham, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Judy Greer 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."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

3 stars

OK, so it starts out slow. 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.

- cenzano38, Thursday, March 12, 2009