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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

5 stars

Brilliant movie! Absolutely love it, by far one of the better films I have seen in quite a while. Here's an interesting story plot about a fantastic group of friends who decide on a whim to make a porn film. One purpose: to improve their lot in life, and support a friend in need. Great all-around cast (and among my favorites): Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, & William Fichtner. Patrick Fugit tops off this crazy bunch. Hilarious scenes. A must-see! Great music.

- iLeo, Sunday, May 4, 2008

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

2 stars

This movie was chock full of familiar faces, and yet could have been better.

- itsjustme2004, Thursday, October 7, 2010