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Finding Amanda

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 135 (Oct 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Maura Tierney, Peter Facinelli & Steve Coogan

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include commentary by Director Peter Tolan and Star Matthew Broderick; a 15-minute Q & A session featuring Broderick, Brittany Snow, and Tolan; and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Magnolia Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 10141
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, drug content and breif nudity
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/16/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Tolan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Taylor Mendon (Broderick) is a television writer and producer who has had trouble with recreational drugs, alcoholic binges, and gambling. When his 20-year-old niece Amanda (Snow) moves to Las Vegas and becomes a prostitute with a substance-abuse problem, Taylor's wife Lorraine (Tierney) offers to pay for her rehab in a Malibu clinic. But the trouble is how to get Amanda from Vegas to the clinic. Taylor decides to mollify his wife for some of his recent gambling transgressions and offers to go to Vegas to collect the girl. Finding Amanda and getting her to agree to treatment is easier said than done, all the while poor Taylor is finding his resolve not to drink or gamble while in sin city waning. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
While the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD can deliver sharp images, there are overly soft scenes throughout. Black levels are low, but near-black shadows are crushed. Fleshtones have a pink hue and colors are slightly desaturated. Edge enhancement is minor enough to not be a distraction, but there are times when compression artifacts are noticeable. (Danny Richelieu)

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