A Bunch of Amateurs trailer online
The trailer for the new Burt Reynolds comedy has arrived online, yes Burt Reynolds comedy. No, don't hit the next button just yet, listen to what I have to say. There are some funny moments and it's rather self depreciating too, something that really does work in comedy with a big star.
There's the moments where he's mistaken for Sean Connery and Harrison Ford, in what I'm sure is a running gag, and amongst a few standard comic moments, there's the amusing sexaholic moments too.
A Bunch of Amateurs is about an ageing action hero who just can't cut the mustard on his action hero roles any more, and so when he gets the offer to play King Lear in England he thinks this is his ticket back to the big time, so he and his over inflated ego, head to England.
Another good moment is the signing of the autograph for the stewardess, her comeback line is rather good.
However when he gets there he finds that the theatre is a small, run down place in a country village, run by an amateur theatre group desperate to save their hallowed building. They've banded together and hired the only talent they could afford, hoping that the press will come and the news coverage will save their theatre. However they first have to keep the talent, and then get the production off the ground.
It's been a long time since the spark of Smokey and the Bandit and The Cannonball Run, and I wonder if it can return here, but even if it doesn't for Burt Reynolds, there's the great British talents of Imelda Staunton, Dereck Jacobi, Charles Durning and Samantha Bond.