Finding Amanda
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Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan makes his feature directorial debut with this comedy starring Matthew Broderick as a moderately successful television writer whose addiction to alcohol, gambling, and drugs make dealing with the latest family crisis especially difficult. Taylor Peters (Broderick) is the writer and producer of a low-rated television sitcom that gets repeatedly bashed by critics and fares only slightly better with the viewing public. His career thrown off the tracks years ago due to his penchant for compulsive gambling, heavy drinking, and frequent recreational drug use, Taylor… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Offers a steady supply of clever lines but suffers from the patina of self-loathing common to industry lifers and the unfortunate miscasting of straight-arrow Broderick as a depressed, cynical hack."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Broderick's sunny spin on the deeply flawed Taylor is interesting but eventually defies belief. In the third act, Finding Amanda loses steam altogether."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Mature, uneven prostitution dramedy loses its way."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"This unromantic comedy is something less than a sure bet. For some reason, you get the impression that it doesn't live up to the promise of its premise."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Doesn't have a nuance in it, but it's pretty consistently amusing in its latter-day Woody Allen way. For most of the way, its morals are happily, believably wrong, but all bad things must come to an end."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Matthew Broderick regains his cinematic stride as a morosely wise-cracking television producer on the skids, ably abetted by Maura Tierney as his much-put-upon wife and Brittany Snow as his perky prostitute niece."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Finding Amanda has some of the good and a lot of the bad aspects of a first film written and directed by the same person."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Offers up some zinger lines in the trenches of Sin City but fails to live up to its ingenious concept."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
"This vulgar film, replete with vile language and graphic descriptions of sex acts, degrades our culture. Even George Carlin might find it offensive."
‑ Tony Medley,
"Writer-director Peter Tolan has glibness down pat, but can't quite wring the intended pathos from his characters' desperate lives. He does, however, give Broderick his best part since Election."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"A very darkly humorous film."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Much of Finding Amanda doesn't stand up to close scrutiny, but at its best the still-boyish Broderick suggests his most famous character, Ferris Bueller, going through a midlife crisis."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Hopelessly uneven yet admittedly entertaining..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Though Finding Amanda's story reaches a reasonably satisfying conclusion, the empty characters at its center make the whole thing feel like a waste."
‑ Katey Rich,
"Too much of Peter Tolan's movie takes up Taylor's self-absorption as if it's actually interesting."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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