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The plot consists of a the main character, who has multiple addictions, to locate and rescue his niece who is working as a prostitute in Las Vegas. The irony of this dark comedy is that this is obviously adding fuel to a fire.
This movie is about contemporary Las Vegas as much as it is about the adventures of finding and taking the niece off the streets. Along the way, Matthew Broderick’s character searches through the twisted mean streets of the Las Vegas strip. He journeys through grungy brothels, casinos, dreary bars, hotel lobbies and hospitals to face an assortment of drug-addled crazies, pimps, johns, scary bodyguards, PTSD-crippled Veterans, psycho-boy friends, two-faced corporate geeks — any type of twisted character you could imagine.
The threatening personalities are not the only characters Matthew Broderick’s character encounters. The especially twisted feature of this quest is that the characters in the film are the most nefarious. For example, the casino employees who smile while they cash your twenty-thousand-dollar check so you can gamble it all away, or smile while explaining there is a “problem” and the check cannot be cashed. Or the characters who smile while they explain they have taken over your job position, or smile while they explain they are trying to help you (Steve Coogan’s character).
They are all twisted in their own way and they are all in Las Vegas. It is a trip which would make the head of even the good Gonzo doctor himself spin.Read more ›
He has the innate timing that allows him to deliver a funny line in the most tense situation, and still get his laugh.
That's what he does regularly in FINDING AMANDA, a terrific dark comedy from writer-director Peter Tolan, now available on DVD from Magnolia Home Entertainment.
Broderick plays a once-successful television comedy writer on a downward spiral. He's a recovering alcoholic, addicted to gambling and he's about to be fired from the terrible sitcom he's writing.
In a desperate attempt to save his marriage (to Maura Tierney), he heads for Las Vegas, promising to bring home his runaway niece (Brittany Snow), who has become a hooker. But, sending Broderick to Vegas is like putting a person with an eating disorder in a candy store. By film's end, we're not sure which character needs saving the most.
Broderick and Tolan supply DVD audio commentary.
© Michael B. Druxman
It's interesting from beginning to end (a strange scenario) and easy to watch. His wife is the woman who played Jim Carrey's wife in "Liar Liar", and she puts in a similar performance which works. Broderick's character of sympathetic loser is comparable to his character of high school teacher in Election (great movie). If you liked either of those movies I think you'd like this as well. I found it wholly entertaining. It had a very appropriate ending.
This movie is not a light and airy comedy, no question--it has a dark side. But life does have its dark sides and no one is better at shedding some light and humanity into that dark side than Broderick. Think back, even the movie that probably won him his most loyal following--Ferris Bueller's Day Off Bueller...Bueller... Edition (Special Collector's Edition)--has a very dark side to it. And so does Biloxi Blues for that matter (and wow is Christopher Walken great in that film).
And let's not forget Election which is one of the funniest films ever made and has an intensely dark side. Broderick seems to reach his full stride in these complex roles of self-examination.
This is the story of a Hollywood screenwriter who is having some, ummm, personal difficulties: alcohol, drugs, gambling, and a career that's headed for the crapper, to name a few. Then he finds out that his 20-year-old niece is a hooker (and drug addict in Las Vegas). Broderick ends up heading to Las Vegas, naturally, to try and rescue her.Read more ›
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too slow, an unpleasant situation presented in an unpalatable way. Mathew Broderick puts me right to sleep in this filmPublished on August 2, 2013 by peter s
A trailer for Magonilia films prompted me to rent "Finding Amanda." Lots of indy and maybe not enough comedy, FA had it's moments. Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by NoPushover
This book took many turns and twists. At one point your thought one character was the suspect and then it would change and it was focusing on another character. Thoroughly enjoyed.Published on January 19, 2012 by Cheryl Paxton
Harried sitcom writer Taylor Mendon is a recovering addict and compulsive gambler who heads to Las Vegas to rescue his ditzy twenty-year-old niece from a career in... Read more
Let me preface this, my husband bought this from a bargain bin so we paid next to nothing for it. With that said, it's an interesting movie. It's a dry comedy with a sad story. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Christy