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Title:   The Amateurs
Director:   Michael Traeger
Year:   2005
Genre:   Comedy
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   07.09.12

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07.09.12Netflix Jeff Bridges heads up a flat-out amazing ensemble cast, all playing idiots in a small town that get behind his decision to shoot a porno in the most innocent and heart-warming way possible.

Aside from a weird meta ending that you kind of see coming, I really enjoyed this. It definitely has a minor vibe like it doesn't make many ripples in the pond and everybody's performances are pretty low key, but there's a certain joy in all these characters' idiotic naivete that I found charming. I drew a lot of comparisons to that Paul Newman movie Nobody's Fool. That one's probably better just because the characters are a little more believable, but the easy-going Sunday afternoon vibe of the movie matches this for me. Oh, Beautiful Girls. This movie shares some very strong similarities with Beautiful Girls (in that it has a strong ensemble cast and largely takes part in a bar where they all hang out). Sometimes it's fun to just hang back and enjoy these actors having fun with one another.

I became aware of this movie through Jeff Bridges' website. Man, he has a great website. His photography collections on sets of movies are outstanding and I remember looking through his book for this movie and realizing the cast and seeing what fun he had on it, Seriously, practically every speaking role is by some recognizable actor bringing something to the table. Years later I finally sat down to watch it. I don't know if I'm in the minority or not but I like this. It made me feel good.
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