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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.

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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,, 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

3 stars

This film is a lighthearted spoof on porn movies that makes fun of all the myths about the industry and while it is not laugh out hilarious, it will keep you smiling. Now before you say, "I don't want to see a movie about making a porno!" just hold on okay, (*spoiler? didn't actually contain any porn and It's Not About Sex.*) There goes three quarters of the people who were going to check "Want to see it" lol. Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, Ted Danson, Glenne Headley, Jane Tripplehorn, William Fichtner, Patrick Fugit, among others. Andy (Jeff Bridges) is having a bad year. His wife leaves him because he is a loser and is now remarried to a guy who is stinking rich and his son is living with his wife's new husband in their fancy mansion. All Andy wants is to impress his son and to make him feel that he has a father who cares very much for him. But he's an out-of-work loser whose every plan always dissipates. But one day whilst he is at a bar, Andy comes up with the idea of to make a porno film in the hopes that it will change his fortune and life and he gets the townsfolk to help him. The real theme of the movie is about the love between a father and son, and for those of you who are still confused.....Check out this film and you'll understand what I am talking about.

- xxdebxx, Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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