DVD Release Date: 9/16/2008
From director Peter Tolan, creator of the hit 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.
Written and Directed by PETER TOLAN
Produced by WAYNE RICE
Executive Producer LESLIE TOLAN
Co-Producer MARK BENTON JOHNSON
Director of Photography TOM HOUGHTON
Production Designer ERICH SCHULTZ
Film Editor PAUL ANDERSON
Music by CHRISTOPHER TYNG
Taylor Mendon MATTHEW BRODERICK
Amanda BRITTANY SNOW
Lorraine Mendon MAURA TIERNEY
Greg PETER FACINELLI
Michael Henry STEVE COOGAN
Ed Begley, Jr. HIMSELF
“AN INCISIVE, JAUNTY COMEDY, written and directed with brio and rueful firsthand knowledge by Peter Tolan. It’s ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ done right.” – Ella Taylor, Village Voice
“****. THIS IS COMEDY WITH RAZOR EDGES. Broderick gives a delicious performance and Brittany Snow is the real surprise.” – Marshall Fine, Star Magazine
“A FUNNY, SATISFYING BLACK COMEDY.” – Thelma Adams, US Weekly
“Sharp, witty and acerbic, but also strangely moving. A fine debut from director Tolan that allows Brittany Snow to break out and show she’s much more than just a pretty face.” – Ed Douglas, Coming Soon