Diggers

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Hunt (Paul Rudd), Lozo (Ken Marino), Jack (Ron Eldard) and Cons (Josh Hamilton) are clam diggers on Long Island in 1976, where the bay is being taken away from them by a corporate clamming outfit. Their dead-end existence is shaken up by the death of Hunt's father, who worked himself ragged on the bay, trying to make a living.

After the funeral, Hunt starts hanging out with Zoey (Lauren Ambrose), a rich kid from the city who's slumming it out east, while Hunt's sister Gina (Maura Tierney) gets involved with Jack. After a night spent in jail, resulting from a bar fight, the four guys finally decide to move on. They give Hunt's father (well, his boat, actually) a proper funeral, Lozo gets a ‘real’ job and Hunt packs up and heads west, chasing Zoey and his dream of becoming a professional photographer.

FilmThreat.com

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1/2 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...

Los Angeles Times

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Archetypal characters and somewhat formulaic plot notwithstanding, Diggers has the conviction to avoid tying things up with a bow and allows us the privilege to imagine where its denizens will go afterward...

San Francico Chronicle

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Sitting through Diggers is so tedious that you might find yourself envying the clam diggers. At least they get to be outdoors...

The New York Times

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A quintessential American independent movie, Diggers isn't going to change the history of cinema. But it has integrity. It feels like life...

Variety [USA]

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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...