The plot sounds a lot like the more well-known Zach and Miri Make a Porno, but if anything it's the other way around, since The Amateurs was produced several years before Kevin Smith's comic raunchfest. It's also quite different in tone and approach. Forgoing gross-out humor and nudity, it relies instead on an undercurrent of naivete more common to an early Coen Brothers or Preston Sturges comedy. And in place of the snarky, media-savvy twentysomethings of the Smith film are an altogether older and more clueless bunch. Aside from the kid from the video store who follows them around with a camcorder (Patrick Fugit), not one of these guys knows a thing about how to make a movie. And yet with each failed attempt to cast willing actors and each new concession to friends and reality, Andy stubbornly presses on.
|Danson as Moose|
|The name's Headly|
The Amateurs was a long-fought-for dream project for director Traeger, whose script and devotion to his vision brought him the loyalty of a supportive, highly talented cast. It's too bad the film--which did well in festivals--got stuck in distribution hell for two years before being dumped straight to video in 2007. Even more unfortunate is that Traeger hasn't directed a movie since. The Amateurs marked a promising debut, and both it and its maker deserved much better.
|Crew without a clue|