Unable to hold down a steady job, Andy Sargentee (Jeff Bridges) becomes an adult filmmaker in a bid to get rich quick. When his ex-wife remarries into money, his pride his hurt and he wants to spoil their son in an attempt to show her what shes missing. On hand to lend a hand are friends, Barney (Tim Blake Nelson), Otis (William Fichtner), Moose (an uncharacteristically camp Ted Danson) and Some Idiot (played with understated dignity by Joe Pantoliano). The Moguls
is a quirky, light-hearted romp that has its fill of awkward moments and sexual innuendo, in a similar vein to The Independent
(starring Jerry Stiller as a failed B-movie director). The comedy payoff comes from seeing the residents of Butterface Field--a sleepy town thats supposed to represent Middle America--react to the seemingly incongruous task of putting together an adult movie. Jeff Bridges revisits the hippy side he displayed so brilliantly in The Big Lebowski
, this time in the form of Andy Sargentee, a well-intentioned director of adult movies.
Bridges/Danson ~ Amateurs