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3.0 out of 5 stars Good until the end, 3 April 2011
This review is from: Amateurs [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Actually, 2.5 stars. Taking the conceit of Waiting for Guffman a little further, The Amateurs follows the misadventures of a troop of small-town losers as they take a shot at fame and fortune--by making a do-it-yourself porno film. The cast is terrific--Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Glenne Headly, Joe Pantoliano etc. And the group's fumbling, embarrassed efforts to recruit amateur porno actors--and film them--are oddly sweet and affecting. Of course, things go hilariously wrong at the end, but the day is saved (in a way that was predictable 20 minutes into the film). And here the movie goes entirely off the tracks with its ridiculous Hollywood ending. It would be one thing if the amateur pornographers had gotten a hint of success at the end--a spot of hope and pride. But the excessive money and success they receive shows how little the writer respected everything else about the movie that was good.
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