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An Obscene Journey of Self-Discovery

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Release Date: June 27, 2008

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Peter Facinelli, Maura Tierney, Steve Coogan, and Ed Begley, Jr.

Genre: Black Comedy

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Director: Peter Tolan

Executive Producer: Leslie Tolan

Producer: Wayne Rice and Richard Heller

Writer: Peter Tolan

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Content:

(B, PaPaPa, HH, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AAA, DDD, MM) Light moral worldview in a comical but dark morality tale about various addictions and recovery, but with no references to the true healer, Jesus Christ, and very strong pagan behavior is displayed frankly, plus recovery from addictions is seen in terms of secular humanist rehab clinics; at least 121 mostly strong obscenities, 13 strong profanities and 15 light profanities; protagonist is beaten up and threatened with death in one scene by the pimp of his niece who think she is lying when she tells him the protagonist is her uncle; depicted oral sex and stripping in a club, plus other strong sexual references, including a subplot about a young woman’s live-in boyfriend fornicating with other women; upper and rear female nudity in strip club, plus brief naturalistic upper male nudity; protagonist is an alcoholic who goes off the wagon in Las Vegas, with some scenes of drunkenness by him and around him; smoking and protagonist is a drug addict who takes an Ecstasy pill offered to him by his niece; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes such things as gambling addict repeatedly lies to his wife, a young woman’s boyfriend lies and cheats, and protagonist has a very strong gambling addiction but the addiction is viewed in a somewhat realistic, moral light.

Summary:

FINDING AMANDA is a black comedy starring Matthew Broderick as a television writer, producer, gambler, and addict in Hollywood who falls off the wagon in Las Vegas while trying to help his troubled niece and get back his wife. Though there is a moral to this story, the viewer has to sit through plenty of strong obscene language, sexual references, drug references, and alcohol abuse.

Review:

FINDING AMANDA is a black comedy about addiction. As such, it plays sometimes like a morality tale, but a morality tale with a lot of frank, often crude references and excessive foul language.

The movie stars Matthew Broderick as Taylor Peters, a television writer and producer in Hollywood recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Although he has kicked his substance abuse habit, he has one addiction left: gambling on horses at the racetrack. He hides his addiction from his long-suffering wife, Lorraine, but she finds out Taylor hasn’t really kicked his gambling habit and goes to live with her sister.

Taylor follows Lorraine to her sister’s house. While there, he learns that the sister’s 20-year-old daughter, Amanda, has become a prostitute in Las Vegas. She may even be doing it for drug money.

Taylor comes up with a crazy plan. To win back his wife, he will go to Las Vegas, find Amanda, and convince her she needs to go with him for a scheduled appointment to a rehabilitation center in Malibu. Of course, while in Vegas, all of Taylor’s addictions come to the fore, especially when he meets up with Amanda. In the process, however, Taylor discovers that he needs even more help than his niece.

FINDING AMANDA is really a story about Taylor finding himself and facing his own personal problems and addictions, which won’t go away. Regrettably, the story is filled with plenty of strong obscene language, sexual references, drug references, and alcohol abuse. Thus, before Taylor finally realizes he really needs more professional help, the viewer is subjected to a hedonistic display of pagan immorality. Also, the rehab clinics in the story seem to be secular ones with no religious or spiritual foundation, much less one rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In Brief:

FINDING AMANDA is a black comedy starring Matthew Broderick as Taylor Peters, a television writer and producer in Hollywood recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Although he has kicked those habits, he is still addicted to gambling on horses. He hides his addiction from his long-suffering wife, Lorraine, but she finds out and goes to live with her sister. Taylor follows Lorraine and learns that the sister’s 20-year-old daughter, Amanda, has become a prostitute and possible drug addict in Las Vegas. Taylor comes up with a crazy plan. To win back his wife, he will find Amanda and convince her she needs to go with him to a rehabilitation center in Malibu. Of course, while in Vegas, all of Taylor’s own addictions re-emerge.

FINDING AMANDA is really about Taylor finding himself and facing his own problems and addictions. Regrettably, it is filled with plenty of strong obscene language, sexual references, drug references, and alcohol abuse. Thus, the viewer is subjected to a hedonistic display of pagan immorality. Also, the rehab clinics in the story seem to be secular ones that aren’t rooted in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.