The Amateurs, originally called The Moguls, is a 2005 comedy film written and directed by Michael Traeger and starring Jeff Bridges. The story revolves around six friends in a small town in the United States who decide to make a full length amateur adult film.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Traeger|
|Produced by||Scott Kroop|
|Written by||Michael Traeger|
Tim Blake Nelson
|Music by||Nic. tenBroek|
|Edited by||Raúl Dávalos|
|Distributed by||First Look Studios|
The film was released under the title The Moguls in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2006. The film was released under the title The Amateurs and opened in limited release in the United States on December 7, 2007.
Six friends come together to try to find fame and fortune by making the world’s most innocent adult movie ever made. Although they have literally no idea what they’re doing, they keep at it and are determined to accomplish their goal...no matter what gets in the way.
After the clueless crew finally completes the film, they screen it for the first time at the local bar. The brother of a girl whose scene ultimately was not used (besides some brief shots of her face) barges in, takes the reel off the projector, covers it in whiskey and sets it aflame.
It is revealed that this was the only print they had and that all their work has been lost. However, the cinematographer had been videotaping the entire production process on mini DV tapes. He then edits these down into a completely innocent documentary, minus the nudity and sex scenes, about the trials and tribulations of making (and then losing) their original film. This new version is released as the titular The Amateurs which becomes a critical and financial success on the independent film circuit.
|Tim Blake Nelson||Barney|
|Joe Pantoliano||Some Idiot|
|Norm O'Neill||Clara's Man|
|Alex D. Linz||Billy|