Finding Amanda

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Released 2008

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Director:
Peter Tolan
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Finding Amanda is a 2008 comedy about overcoming personal demons. Taylor (Matthew Broderick) lives a decadent lifestyle. A producer in Hollywood, he blows all his cash and energy on drugs, alcohol and gambling, sinking deeper and deeper into his addiction. Taylor cheerfully ignores any offers of help, hurting his wife, Lorraine (Maura Tirerney). Frustrated and angry, Lorraine asks Taylor to at least do her one favor: Lorraine's niece, Amanda (Brittany Snow), is apparently struggling with problems of her own. Taylor realizes this might just be his chance to repair things with Lorraine. He agrees to travel to Las Vegas and find Amanda to save her from a life of prostitution. Taylor promises Lorraine that he will avoid the many temptations of Sin City, but once he arrives his resolve starts to weaken. It turns out that Amanda, like her uncle, is happy with her demons and unwilling to change. The two have to come to terms with their problems before they can escape the allure of Las Vegas and return home to Lorraine.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    If the title "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" didn'' already belong to Hunter S. Thompson, it would perfectly fit Peter Tolan's viciously funny satire, Finding Amanda.

  • 50

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Although it avoids overt moralizing or clunky lesson-learning, pic's careful balancing act between tragedy and comedy eventually becomes its sole raison d'etre.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    The problem comes largely in the conception of the hooker-niece character, Amanda, played by Brittany Snow. Tolan never quite figures out whether she is supposed to be a variation ...

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