A Bunch of Amateurs

A Bunch of Amateurs

(2008)

A comedy about Jefferson Steel (Burt Reynolds), an ageing Hollywood action hero who finds himself out of work. His incompetent LA agent, in a last ditch attempt, finds his client the role of King Lear at Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK. Doesn't sound too bad, does it? But when Jefferson arrives in the UK, he finds that he's instead been booked to tread the boards in the sleepy village Stratford, St John, Suffolk.

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Ignore Empire and Ebert, Amateurs received two thumbs up from Phil and Liz no less, after it screened as last year's Royal Command Performance. And in truth that was a fitting place for this dog-eared but shaggily endearing very British trans-Atlantic farce to be shown. For like a Royal Variety Performance, director Cadiff (TV's Spin City) movie is an uneven, sporadically funny evening's entertainment that will appeal more to your mum, dad and granny.... More

The characters are a bit cartoony, the plot predictable and the whole think a bit twee but there's still something about this theatrical version of Local Hero, scripted by a quartet of writers including Spitting Image duo Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Reynolds, playing a perfect parody of Sean Connery in his Entrapment years, does a nicely understated turn as a Hollywood prima donna, a tired-looking Charles Durning (Tootsie) plays the worst agent since TV's Ralph Filthy, while a virtually unrecognisable Bond (Pierce Brosnan's Miss Moneypenny) and Staunton (Vera Drake) are straight and solid support.

The delivered-with-a-sledgehammer Lear allegory, over-sugary denouement and sustained attack on tabloid and chequebook journalism don't do the film any favours but memorable moments like an audition montage and turning a mobile library bus to a Hollywood trailer will leave a smile on your face.Hide


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While this movie was nothing special it enjoyable enough


I didn't enjoy this movie much at all. I g=found the main character to be an arrogant asshole. He was slow and mean. The movie was very corny and not very funny at all (although it tried hard to be). the storyline is very unreal, you find yourself thinking that this could never happen in real life. Although there were one or two bits I chuckled at this movie was a let down. Don't waste your money


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  • An endearing and, at times, amusing Brit-comedy, let down by clanky dialogue and creaking production values. Full Review