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Finding Amanda

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity
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Primary Audience:
Comedy, Drama
1 hr. 40 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
June 27, 2008
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Featuring: Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Maura Tierney, Peter Facinelli, Jenni Blong, Edward Carnevale, Victoria De Mare, Bill Fagerbakke, Patrick Fischler, Jennifer Hall, Brian Jones, Signe Kiesel, Colette Kilroy, Bobby C. King, J.P. Manoux, Allie McCulloch, Jack McGee, Kate Micucci, Katy Mixon, Brecken Palmer, Bridger Palmer, Michael Proctor, Vitta Quinn, Mike Rademaekers, Mighty Rasta, Jennifer Rau, Daniel Roebuck, Charley Rossman, LeeAnn Taylor, Atticus Todd, Tyler Tuione, Sam Vance, Luke Van Pelt, Allan Wasserman
Director: Peter Tolan
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Producer: Richard Heller, Mark Benton Johnson, Wayne Allan Rice, Leslie Tolan
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

“No really, she's his niece.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A television producer with a penchant for drinking and gambling is sent to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece to enter rehab.

From director Peter Tolan, creator of the television series ‘Rescue Me,’ comes ‘Finding Amanda,’ a ‘hilarious and heartbreaking autobiographical comedy’ about the compulsions we can’t shake, and the unlikely lengths we’ll go to while trying.

Taylor Mendon (Matthew Broderick) is a television writer and producer working on a low-rated, little-respected half-hour sitcom. Once destined for bigger and better things, Taylor's compulsive gambling, recreational drug use and drinking all conspired to throw his career off the rails. After kicking the alcohol and drugs, he only has one more hurdle… the horses.

His beautiful twenty-year old niece Amanda (Brittany Snow) has her own habit to kick. Living in Las Vegas, working as a ‘dancer,’ her family has just discovered she is actually a prostitute, and they suspect hooking for drug money.

On their way home from an emergency family meeting, Taylor's wife Lorraine (Maura Tierney) finds recent racing stubs in Taylor's glove compartment. After years of standing by him, she leaves.

Taylor comes up with a plan: he'll win back his wife by doing the right thing. He'll go to Las Vegas, find Amanda, and deliver her to a rehabilitation center in Malibu. While he’s at it, he might even catch up with some old friends (like slimy casino host Steve Coogan). But besides that, it’s strictly the business at hand—while he's there, he vows, he won't gamble a single cent, but things don’t turn out quite as he’d planned.”

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