The Amateurs

April 28th, 2006


The Amateurs

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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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.2/10 (4,041 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Michael Traeger

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Joe Pantoliano

Andy Sargentee is a decent guy and the town's favorite failure: an unemployable dreamer whose ex's husband's wealth intimidates Andy to such an extent he does little with his teen son. Andy's new idea is for Butterface Fields to be the first town to band together to make the first full-length feature amateur adult film. He recruits five regulars at Floyd's Bar to contribute $2000 each. They get the kid at the video store, whose camcorder is constantly on, to be the cinematographer. The pal they all call "Some Idiot" volunteers to be writer-director. Otis becomes producer. Now, can they find actors, and especially, women? Can a pornography project give Andy self-respect?

Jeff Bridges - Andy Sargentee
Tim Blake Nelson - Barney Macklehatton
Joe Pantoliano - Some Idiot
Ted Danson - Moose
William Fichtner - Otis
Patrick Fugit - Emmett
John Hawkes - Moe
Brad William Henke - Ron (as Brad Henke)
Dawn Didawick - Clara
Glenne Headly - Helen Tatelbaum
Tom Bower - Floyd
Jayne Taini - Mrs. Morrelli
Lauren Graham - Peggy
Jeanne Tripplehorn - Thelma
Alex D. Linz - Billy

Taglines: Rise to the Occasion

Release Date: 28 April 2006

Filming Locations: Arcadia, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $10,149 (USA) (9 December 2007) (3 Screens)

Gross: $15,090 (USA) (16 December 2007)

Technical Specs


V: It's so good to see you.
Otis: [responding to V rubbing him between the legs at the strip club] 'Bout time they got rid of shakin' hands.
V: [still rubbing Otis between his legs] Do you mind?
Otis: Do I mind if you rub my dick? No. Saves me the trouble. I'm trying to think of the last time I was asked a question that stupid.

User Review

Saw it


Saw the World Premiere and Santa Barbara Int'l FF last night.

A very funny film with an all star cast. Stars Jeff Bridges, Joe Patalinano, Ted Danson, Tim Blake Nelson, Bill Fichtner, Pat Fugit among others. Bridges plays a small time guy who has been unsuccessful in life. Him and his low life buddies decide to make an amateur porn film. Lots of big laughs. It is like State and Main meets Boogie Nights. Bridges is always good and Ted Danson gives one of the funniest supporting comedic performances I have ever seen. The end seemed a bit thrown together, but very funny. I give it a "B+". Will be out later this year


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