Finding Amanda

Synopsis: Taylor Mendon is a Hollywood scriptwriter on a minor rebound from drugs and booze. He's writing for a mirthless sit-com and betting on the horses behind his wife's back when her sister calls needing help: Taylor's 20-year-old niece Amanda has become a hooker in Las Vegas. He promises to find her, bring her back, and pay for her stay at an expensive rehab center. Once in Nevada, Taylor starts gambling in earnest using money loaned him by the casino. He also finds Amanda, a cheerful prostitute, uninterested in reform. Can Taylor win back his borrowings, keep his wife from discovering his habit, and help Amanda find redemption? Or is life different from a sit-com?
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Peter Tolan
Production: Mitropoulos Films
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

Hang-- hang on

a second.

Sir, can you please?


Honey, I'm-- I'm really up

to my ass here, you know?

I've got this meeting to do.

I have a rewrite.

Are you in a bathroom?

Yes. Yes, they do have bathrooms

at the network, you know.

Not all the shit

ends up on the schedule.



Are you at the track?


Lorraine, I am not gambling.

I haven't made a bet in weeks,

possibly a month.


I'm doing

what you wanted.

I'm not gambling.

I'm seeing that guy.

- I'm sorry.

- I mean, come on./i

Give me a break.

I know, I'm sorry.

Do you think you can

be home by 5:

- I love you.

- I love you too.

Uh, you're breaking up,


I'll check in with

you later, all right?

Just sweep.

Go, number one! Number

three, die! One, go!

Go, one! Oh, number one!

Oh, f*ck. Oh, f*ck you--

Taylor, why do you

bet on the horses?

I don't know.

I guess I like the challenge of it.

Go to the track,

race form under your arm,

it's nine races and

thousands of possibilities.

I like the whole experience,


The horses,

the puzzle of it,

the people.

I just love it.

I really do.

When was the last time

you went to the track?

It's been a while.

Do you think you're

ready to give it up?


Total abstinence is the only

effective course of treatment

with horse-race gamblers.

Look-- look,

I used to drink.

I used to do drugs.

I stopped.

I've been clean

for almost two years.

My work was--

I had to stop.

But the track?

Who am I hurting?

I earn enough money.

You don't think

it's destructive?

I've already quit

enough stuff.

I don't want to

give up everything.

Then why are you here?

My wife thinks I need

to talk to somebody.

What's the point

of talking

if you have no intention

of quitting?

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Peter Tolan

Peter James Tolan III (born July 5, 1958) is an American television producer, director, and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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