© 2007 by C.E. Murphy. All Rights Reserved.

ensemble dramas that fueled the cinema of the
1970s and 80s,
DIGGERS is set on Long Island
in the mid-70s as a large corporation threatens
the livelihood of the local clam diggers. As Big
Business encroaches, life as the residents of the
small town where the film unfolds are facing
immense changes.

The screenplay by Ken Marino might not tread
the characters so well drawn that
emerges as an enjoyable ensemble piece. Under
Katherine Diekmann's direction, the movie gels
and most of the strong cast shines.

The central figure is Hunt (Paul Rudd), a
noncommittal digger who is more or less doing
the job because it is what his father did. In his
spare time, Hunt takes black and white Polaroid
snapshots of inanimate objects to express his
pent-up creativity. His sister Gina (Maura Tierny)
works at the local diner and cares for their ailing
father. Hunt's pals include Frankie Lozo
(Marino), a digger struggling to feed his
ever-expanding family, Jack (Ron Eldard), the
local ladies' man, and Cons (Josh Hamilton), the
stoner who deals on the side.

The film is nicely realized and the dialogue is
snappy and believable. The guys drink, get into
trouble, and learn life lessons. Hunt meets and
begins a relationship with a city girl (Lauren
Ambrose) with unpredictable results. Meanwhile,
Gina and Jack go from friends to friends with
benefits and possibly beyond.

The actors, especially Tierny, Rudd and Marino,
deliver wonderful performances and I'd be
remiss if I did not mention Sarah Paulson's
strong turn as Marino's long-suffering and fertile

I'm really afraid that a little movie like
DIGGERS will get overpowered in the
marketplace, which is a shame. This enjoyably
written and directed film deserves better.

Rating:                B
MPAA Rating:     R for language, drug use
                      and some sexual
Running time:    90 mins.

Viewed at Magno Review One
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures