The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie)
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The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie)
A man down on his luck hatches a different kind of get-rich-quick scheme in this independent comedy. Andy Sargentee (Jeff Bridges) is a middle-aged divorcÚ who is down in the dumps after the departure of his wife, Thelma (Jeanne Tripplehorn), and son, Billy (Alex D. Linz). The fact that Thelma's new hubby is quite wealthy only makes things more troubling for Andy, and he keeps thinking that if he had more money he could be back in her good graces. One night, while knocking back drinks with his friends, Andy has a brainstorm -- pornography is big business these days, so why not round up the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

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"It ranges from awkward to excruciating."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"There are no laughs to be found in writer-director Michael Traeger's would-be comedy The Amateurs, but there is one big mystery: how actors of this caliber could have been convinced to take part."
‑ Dennis Lim, Los Angeles Times
"An uneven and unimaginative sex comedy about small-town losers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Amateurs had all the potential in the world to be a charming, oddball delight, but it's a mess. A horrible mess. Albeit a horrible mess with some big laughs and the evergreen presence of Jeff Bridges."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The chief virtue of Amateurs is that it gives many talented people (Valerie Perrine, Judy Greer, Lauren Graham, Tim Blake Nelson) a scene or two in which to shine."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This sort of thing was done much better by the British years ago in The Full Monty and Calendar Girls. There's really no call for an American rehash."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As a writer, Traeger is consternatingly adolescent and glib."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"ultimately heartwarming and humorous enough to merit a recommendation"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The only burst of creativity is the number of euphemisms Traeger has for pussy ("fruit cup" was my favorite)"
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Do not waste your time with The Amateurs."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"You'll notice that the actors are way overqualified for this nonsense. But the kick they get out of one another is what pulls you in."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...ultimately finds itself unable to hold the viewer's interest for more than a few minutes at a time."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"All this star power goes for naught in Traeger's film, which tries to blend bucolic sweetness with juvenile let's-make-a-porno jokes."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"A strong ensemble cast spruces up a weak script in this trifle...the little picture that, ultimately, doesn't."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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