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Finding Amanda
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Directed By
Peter Tolan

Written By:
Peter Tolan

Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Maura Tierney, Peter Facinelli, Jenni Blong, Victoria De Mare, Bill Fagerbakke, Patrick Fischler, J.P. Manoux, Allie McCulloch, Jack McGee, Brecken Palmer, Bridger Palmer, Mighty Rasta, Daniel Roebuck, Charley Rossman, Atticus Todd, Luke Van Pelt, Allan Wasserman, Brian Jones, Katy Mixon, Jennifer Hall, Vitta Quinn, Kate Micucci, Bobby C. King, Sam Vance, Edward Carnevale, Signe Kiesel, Colette Kilroy, Michael Proctor, Mike Rademaekers, Jennifer Rau, LeeAnn Taylor, Tyler Tuione, Sam Vance

Finding Amanda (2008)
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Movie Review by Zara
September 26th, 2008

This movie is somewhat difficult for me to rate, as the overall concept of it has been played out far too many times for it to be given cred for being avant garde. A hooker in Vegas, a worn out comedy writer who has too many addictions... we've seen this before in a variety of ways.

But what I think set this movie apart, at least for me, is that Brittany Snow is starting to grow on me. Ever perky and wide-eyed, she comes off normally as that stereotypical blonde chick that you see in every movie from comedies (HAIRSPRAY) to horror (PROM NIGHT). But something about her being this sunny blonde hooker who takes the sh*tty upbringing that she had and turns it into her own (if wildly flawed) utopia where being a hooker pays for her to have a nice house and a fancy car, you're intrigued by her.

And while there are some good moments that are eye-openers for you in the film, she never plays this girl off for your sympathy. Nor is she a victim, ready at a moment's notice to fight for her own honor. I found that aspect of the film, this clean cut girl talking in extremely frank language about sex acts like it was a Martha Stewart guest spot, to be simple, honest and tragically endearing.

Broderick also steps up somewhat to the plate, not being the Feris that we remember him to be. But his character has less depth and the feeling that you get from him is that he's trying a little too hard to pull it off. A man who does theater productions so well just doesn't shine very brightly on the cynical former alcoholic, jaded writer level.

An interesting find, minimal in length (1 hour 40 minutes) and something that went straight to DVD, so most of your friends aren't going to have ruined the movie for you, unless this review just did. Ha.

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