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Diggers

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
6 out of 10
Extras Rating:
N/A out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: R

Starring:
Paul Rudd as Hunt
Maura Tierney as Gina
Lauren Ambrose as Zoey
Shannon Barry as Lisa
Andrew Cherry as Anthony
Ron Eldard as Jack
Django Gilligan as Wally
Josh Hamilton as Cons
Ken Marino as Lozo
Sarah Paulson as Julie
Alex Pickett as Frankie Jr.
Jonny Pickett as Jon Jon
Scott Sowers as Bill

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes/Outtakes with Commentary
Higher Definition: Diggers Episode
Commentary with Director, Katherine Dieckmann and Writer/Actor, Ken Marino

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.77:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"A funny, heartfelt story about a tightly-knit group of friends, who try to maintain their small-town way of life in the face of enormous changes in 1970s Long Island. Hunt (Paul Rudd) and his best friends Frankie Lozo (Ken Marino), Cons (Josh Hamilton) and Jack (Ron Eldard) are hard-living clam diggers whose livelihoods are threatened by an encroaching corporation, forcing them to consider new directions in life."

"Diggers" is rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content.

Mini-Review:
After seeing Paul Rudd in "Anchorman," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up, I've become a fan of his. I also like Maura Tierney and Ron Eldard from "ER." So it was a lot of fun seeing them all together in "Diggers." It's an interesting character drama set in the '70s. While it's not slapstick comedy like you might expect from Rudd, there are a lot of funny moments in it. Many of them come from Ken Marino as Lozo and Sarah Paulson as Julie. Lozo is a man of conflicting sides. One second he's yelling about his kid's behavior, the next he's laughing about their antics. One minute he's swearing, the next he's yelling at his kids for repeating him. Rarely has a character embodied yin and yang better than Lozo.

Despite the great cast and funny moments, "Diggers" is a character drama that will appeal more to indie film fans than general audiences. The movie is rather slow, frequently melancholy, and flat out boring at times. It's very obvious that this film is a personal story to the writer since it highlights such an obscure profession as clam digging. But this ends up making it more indie fare than anything.

I'd recommend "Diggers" to fans of Paul Rudd or any of the other actors in this film. Fans of character dramas and indies will get a kick out of it, too.

I can't comment on any of the bonus features included on this DVD. They weren't on the copy sent to me.

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