Finding Amanda (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Finding Amanda (2008)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 2,415 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 14 March 2011 (Portugal)
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: Santa Clarita, California, USA
  • Gross: $56,408(USA)(13 July 2008)
  • Director: Peter Tolan
  • Stars: Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow and Maura Tierney
  • Original Music By: Christopher Tyng   
  • Soundtrack: Sail on crystal ships
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Rehab | Gambling | Television Producer | Niece | Prostitution

Writing Credits By:

  • Peter Tolan (written by)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A television producer with a penchant for drinking and gambling is sent to Las Vegas to convince his troubled niece to enter rehab. Full summary »  »

    Story: Taylor Mendon is a Hollywood scriptwriter on a minor rebound from drugs and booze. He's writing for a mirthless sit-com and betting on the horses behind his wife's back when her sister calls needing help: Taylor's 20-year-old niece Amanda has become a hooker in Las Vegas. He promises to find her, bring her back, and pay for her stay at an expensive rehab center. Once in Nevada, Taylor starts gambling in earnest using money loaned him by the casino. He also finds Amanda, a cheerful prostitute, uninterested in reform. Can Taylor win back his borrowings, keep his wife from discovering his habit, and help Amanda find redemption? Or is life different from a sit-com?Written by <>  


    Synopsis: Working as a Television writer for a low-rated sit com called "Those McAllister’s", Taylor Peters (Matthew Broderick) has developed a few vices like drinking, drug abuse and compulsive gambling which have previously damaged his career to the extent that he takes sessions with an analyst only so his wife Lorraine (Maura Tierney) can feel he is taking the cure. Adding to this stressful home life is the discovery that their 20-year old niece Amanda (Brittany Snow) has run away from home to Las Vegas to work as a prostitute. Although he writes a good comic scene for his lead actor Ed Begley, Jr., Taylor still has the need to run off to the track to play the horses, his only vice but when his wife discovers it and threatens him with divorce Taylor agrees to go to Amanda and try to get her into a rehab community in Malibu. Taylor goes to Las Vegas and locates Amanda and realizes that even though she is involved in a dangerous profession she has accumulated wealth and retained a relatively refined attitude about life. During his rescue Taylor’s drinking and drug addiction returns and his relationship with his wife crumbles but he learns a large lesson about life and bonds with Amanda entreating her to make some positive choice about her own life.

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    Produced By:

    • Richard Heller known as producer
    • Mark Benton Johnson known as co-producer
    • Wayne Allan Rice known as producer
    • Leslie Tolan known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Matthew Broderick known as Taylor Mendon
    • Brittany Snow known as Amanda
    • Maura Tierney known as Lorraine Mendon
    • Peter Facinelli known as Greg
    • Steve Coogan known as Michael Henry
    • Ed Begley Jr. known as Himself
    • Bill Fagerbakke known as Larry
    • Patrick Fischler known as Kevin – TV Executive
    • Peggy J. Scott known as Sharon the Maid (as Peggy Scott)
    • Jennifer Hall known as Wendy the Cage Girl
    • Daniel Roebuck known as Link
    • Lester Speight known as BV (as Lester Rasta Speight)
    • J.P. Manoux known as Tony Clark
    • Jennifer Rau known as Whisper
    • Allan Wasserman known as Dr. Chase
    • Shelly Saltman known as Older Man at Phone Booth
    • Bridger Palmer known as Larry's Twin #1
    • Brian Jones known as Bellman at Casino (as Brian Michael Jones)
    • Jack McGee known as Guy at Sports Book
    • Jenni Blong known as Paula
    • Jeanette O'Connor known as Aztec Waitress
    • Sam Vance known as Aztec Bartender
    • Charley Rossman known as Jerry – Security Guard at Aztec
    • Rob Krausz known as Guy with Glasses
    • Vaughn Armstrong known as Cowboy at Aztec
    • Katy Mixon known as Girl #1 with Greg
    • Tyler Tuione known as TJ
    • Mike Rademaekers known as Bearded Man
    • Edward Carnevale known as Beer Guy at Casino
    • Signe Kiesel known as Dealer at Casino (as Signe Moore)
    • Allie McCulloch known as Eve
    • Anthony Holiday known as Arco
    • Atticus Todd known as Gene
    • Colette Kilroy known as Rehab Receptionist
    • Derric Nugent known as Security Guard at Race Track
    • Bobby C. King known as Security Guard at Sports Book
    • Victoria De Mare known as Hot Club Goer #1 (uncredited)
    • Kate Micucci known as Thin Girl (uncredited)
    • Tom Miller known as Network Executive (uncredited)
    • Brecken Palmer known as Larry's Twin #2 (uncredited)
    • Michael Proctor known as Hot Guy (uncredited)
    • Vitta Quinn known as Vegas Hooker (uncredited)
    • LeeAnn Taylor known as Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
    • Luke Van Pelt known as Jack (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Karyn Huston known as hair department head
    • Mike Mekash known as assistant makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Elena Bassi known as art department intern
    • Aleksandra Landsberg known as art department production assistant
    • Melissa Merritt known as on-set dresser
    • Paul Pastorelli known as lead man
    • Steven J. Smally known as gang boss


    Production Companies:

    • Capacity Pictures

    Other Companies:

    • Act One Script Clearance  script research
    • Bobby Weisman Caterers  catering
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
    • EverStudios  poster design
    • Goldman & Associates  local extras casting
    • Hollywood-DI  HD screening services
    • Magic Film and Video Works  negative cutting
    • Mechnology  visual effects
    • Media Distributors Film Source  Fuji film provided by
    • Soundtrack  ADR Facility


    • CCV (2008) (Norway) (DVD)
    • Eagle Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
    • Gussi Films (2008) (Mexico) (all media)
    • HDNet Films (2008) (USA) (video)
    • Home Box Office (HBO) (2008) (Romania) (TV) (Central Europe)
    • Ledafilms (2009) (Mexico) (TV)
    • Magnolia Pictures
    • Medyavizyon (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
    • P.F.A. Films (2010) (Italy) (DVD)
    • Prime Pictures (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
    • Shapira Films (2008) (Israel) (all media)
    • The Movie Network (2008) (Australia) (TV)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

    • USA April 2008 (Tribeca Film Festival)
    • USA 27 June 2008 (limited)
    • Australia 25 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Hungary 2 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Spain 26 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Portugal 14 March 2011
    • Italy 8 June 2011 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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