The Amateurs

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6.21 h 36 min2005R
Citizens of a small town band together behind a charismatic man in the midst of a mid-life crisis to make an adult film in this surprisingly wholesome ensemble comedy, starring Jeff Bridges, Judy Greer, Lauren Graham, Tim Blake Nelson and Ted Danson.
Directors
Michael Traeger
Starring
Jeff BridgesTim Blake NelsonWilliam Fichtner
Genres
Comedy
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Judy GreerLauren GrahamJeanne TripplehornTed Danson
Producers
Aaron Ryder
Studio
FilmRise
Rating
R (Restricted)
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3.9 out of 5 stars

178 global ratings

  1. 54% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 16% of reviews have 1 stars
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matt hangasReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Too bad it can only receive Five Stars...one of the funniest movies ever...how did it stay under the radar this long?
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What a great little movie...it has real heart...a madcap farce about a half-baked idea to make a porn movie, that brings friends closer together, a sense of community in a small town, and ultimately our heroes find what is really important in life...stellar performances by Jeff Bridges, Joe Pantoliano, Ted Danson, Judy Greer (of Archer fame, aka Cheryl Tunt), Valerie Perrin,Glenne Headly...actually the entire cast...a lovely little film...it is one of the funniest, most original movies I have ever seen...genuine belly laughs abound, and, like they say in the movie, the highs and lows come right on top of each other sometimes...I cannot recommend this movie highly enough...how did it stay under the radar for this long?
16 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
great characters in a fun situation
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fun set of quirky loser characters, headed by bridges who is almost reprising his lebowski role. but the other characters are excellent too, and the cast plays them beautifully. epitomized by one person who they call "some idiot". the way they go about trying to make this porno is hilarious.
4 people found this helpful
RavenReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
utter filth
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nothing to redeem this; porn on main st. America produced by supposedly run-of-the-mill guys from the town bar decide to produce a porn video. I'm abjectly disappointed in Jeff Bridges, one of my favorites for many years. He could have any role Hollywood hurls up, and he chose THIS one to star in?
5 people found this helpful
Billy BoyReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's fun, but
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The talent in this show was unreal. Today these actors are nobody, except Bridges. However, when the film was made they were just a bit past their prime and still big names. I remember them all at their prime and that much talent should have rung the bell at 5 stars, but didn't. the porn industry is far bigger than Hollywood, so they had the right idea. However the way they went about it and interacted was disjointed, hard to follow, over the top and had an impossible to swallow attempt of a fairy tale ending. I could name 100 shows I loved all those actors (and Valerie) in, but this just didn't do it. To me it was lots of big budget talent wasted on low budget writing.
2 people found this helpful
RaynaReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Laughed alot
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Great casting and wonderful acting. Jeff Bridges is such a great actor, so natural and believable. I thought the concept was hilarious and had quite a few laugh out loud moments as well as touching ones filled with humanity. My opinion is you should see it and take your mind off a few things.
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Edwin C. PauzerReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Comedy About Porn
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The low-key effect of the film grabbed my attention from the beginning as actor Jeff Bridges began his narration of his life in the little town of Butterface Field. He introduced the characters while playing his character engaged in troubled thought, sitting alone, in the local restaurant bar.

Bridges is Andy Sargentee, a husband and father who places his impulses above the economic viability of the family by relieving himself on the desks of every supervisor he has had (and despises). His wife, played by Jeanne Triplehorn, sets off into divorce and the sunset with the station wagon and their son.

Bridges only support now is the town of Butterface Field, the place in which he was born and raised. The townsfolk know him well enough especially when he is about to come up with a brainstorm, which they are apprehensive about. Friends and neighbors at adjacent tables see the mental storm brewing. (He led them into a Ponzi scheme before just when the tulip bubble bubbled, proving his brainstorm nothing more than a light drizzle).

But now, he's got it!

He and the town will make a fortune creating a genuine, amateur porn film! He quickly enlists his friends to invest their meager sum and even more meager talents as actors, writers, directors and so on. They also have to get girls for the part, and enlist Black actors for their presumed assets. They find a young, counter girl from an ice cream store, an aging stripper, and a bedding store saleswoman, who insists on getting it on with the storeowner.

Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Joe Pantoliano, William Fichtner, Lauren Graham, Glenne Headley, Tim Blake Nelson, and Jeanne Tripplehorn make this "light" film work along with the superb direction of Michael Traegor. No actor overplays his or her part. The humor is subtle, even hilarious at some points. And for a movie about porn, there is no flesh or foul language.

A colleague at work recommended this; her stock has gone way up.

This is a keeper.
53 people found this helpful
MARTYReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
The Absolute Worst
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I’m a huge Jeff Bridges fan. I’ not quite sure how it was that he allowed himself to be involved in this project, or how this film ever got to be made. It’s so terrible that words fail me in describing the film’s awfulness.
Bottom line DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM.
carol j pridgeonReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I laughed all the way through...what a great experience.
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I absolutely loved this movie and the cast. I would have loved to have watched this with friends. We could have laughed together. It was tender tender tender...and I especially enjoyed Jeff Bridges. He has been a favorite of mine for a very long time. I hope you watch it and enjoy it as much as I did. Namaste'
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