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Finding Amanda (1/10)
by Tony Medley
This is a film that even
George Carlin might find offensive. I saw it at a regular showing,
accompanied by a couple that epitomizes refinement. As the film
unfolded, it contained such graphic, offensive language that I advised
them that it was all right with me if they left if they wished, but that
I had to stay. They accepted my suggestion with alacrity. And they
weren’t the first to walk out. Had I not been on the clock, I would have
departed, also. This movie, and others of its ilk, degrade our culture.
Taylor Peters (Matthew
Broderick) is head writer of a sitcom that nobody likes or watches. The
star (Ed Begley, in a cameo) doesn’t like him. Taylor is also an
inveterate liar and an addict, to alcohol and gambling, especially
horses. He lies without shame to his wife, Lorraine Mendon (Laura
Tierney), and everyone else. Lorraine is on to him but loves him and is
trying to make it work. Lorraine tells him that his niece, the titular
Amanda (Brittany Snow), is working as a prostitute in Las Vegas and asks
him to go to Vegas to try to help her see the error of her ways, to
which he agrees.
This movie is replete with
vile language. Amanda describes the sex acts she performs in graphic
detail. What makes it worse is that she’s describing them to her uncle,
not some john or some friend.
At first Amanda is
completely in tune with her occupation, contrasting her with Taylor, who
doesn’t have a clue who he is. She’s happy and doesn’t want to be
“saved.” The dichotomy between her and her uncle seems obvious and
severe. But then writer-director Peter Tolan has her describe her first
experience as a sex professional in an emotional speech that indicates
it had a devastatingly negative effect on her. Which is it? Is she happy
as a prostitute, or is she devastated? Don’t ask Peter. He apparently
doesn’t know because after this scene her certitude in her profession
This is yet another film
without a likeable protagonist for whom you can root. Taylor is a
14-carat loser, a liar who has no respect for his wife or their
marriage, an addictive gambler and alcoholic. As for Amanda, there is
virtually nothing to admire about her, regardless of whether or not she
likes what she does and who she is.
Amanda has a boyfriend,
Greg (Peter Facinelli), who is a carbon-copy of Taylor, a liar who
cheats on Amanda and takes advantage of her. The only inventive thought
that I can come up with is that Tolan is comparing Amanda’s constant
forgiveness of Greg with Lorraine’s putting up with Taylor. Is he trying
to make the point that women are long-suffering creatures who make
substantial sacrifices if they love their man?
The only person in it with
whom the audience can relate is Lorraine. Although not on the screen
much, Tierney gives a performance that had me wanting to see much more of
her, especially if part of the deal would be that I’d see much less of
Broderick and Snow. But to give Snow credit, the script is such a
mish-mash that there wasn’t much she could have done with it (save turn
This is a vulgar film,
totally devoid of a premise, that belongs in the gutter.
June 29, 2008