Diggers

User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4

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  1. RitB.
    May 18, 2007
    1
    Try to imagine a conversation about world events between Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Does that sound like a non-event, something that could induce a coma in anyone with an IQ in the double-digits?? If you can imagine that, then you'll have an idea of how dull this movie is. Avoid it, unless you are looking for an insomnia cure.
  2. ChadS.
    May 5, 2007
    8
    Zoey(Lauren Ambrose), a vacationing New Yorker, compliments Hunt(Paul Rudd), a local clam-digger, a man she just had sex with, about his way with the camera. Since Zoey calls the shots in this relationship, we suspect that the uptown girl is patronizing him; a gilded bone tossed by the sophisticate(who is at liberty to judge about art because she's seen the inside of a museum) to the Zoey(Lauren Ambrose), a vacationing New Yorker, compliments Hunt(Paul Rudd), a local clam-digger, a man she just had sex with, about his way with the camera. Since Zoey calls the shots in this relationship, we suspect that the uptown girl is patronizing him; a gilded bone tossed by the sophisticate(who is at liberty to judge about art because she's seen the inside of a museum) to the seafaring dog for showing an interest in a highbrow endeavor such as photography. Zoey probably finds his hobby adorable. When she puts an end to their summer "fling"(Zoey's word, not Hunt's), we don't feel like it's the end of his world; because "Diggers", unlike a lot of indie films about men and women in small-towns, doesn't treat their lives away from "where the action is" as drudgery, as time spent in purgatory. Hunt and his friends never seem pathetic, more importantly, they're never treated as the butt of a joke. Case in point, the harried lives of Lozo(Ken Marino) and Julie(Sarah Paulson), a married couple with too many kids, whose voices are rarely pitched at your standard conversational volume. They're riotously funny, but we're laughing with them, not at them. "Diggers" respects these men, the last of the independent fishermen, and we(who may not hail from New York, or L.A.) respect "Diggers" for showing their warts(recreational drug use, lack of a formal education) while allowing them to maintain their dignity in such trying times. Collapse
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 50
    Diggers isn't a bad film, but the underlying premise - the longing one feels to escape from a dead-end, small town life - has been so beaten to death in the movies that no amount of accurate 70s design or subtlety in the performances can hide the fact.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Basically "Diner" in wading boots, it feels very familiar in conceit and unadventurous in execution, but offers the undeniable pleasures of a well-observed, well-played modest seriocomedy.
  3. 80
    Rudd is sweet and funny; Ron Eldard and Josh Hamilton are great as the town's aimless stud muffin and philosophizing pothead, respectively. But the movie belongs to Ken Marino, who is riotously funny.