The other day I was flipping channels (as I often do) and I stumbled across the movie War Games playing on one of my favorite High Def networks (HDNet Movies, in case you were wondering). It was just starting, so I decided to settle in and watch. I had not seen the movie in many years but as I watched it, I realized how much a part of my life Matthew Broderick and his films have been over the years. As I grew up, so did he -- and during that time there was always a film of his that I could watch, enjoy and relate to in some way. From War Games through Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory, The Freshman, Election and The Producers, Broderick and his films have consistently been an entertaining and welcome presence in my life -- like an old friend who comes to visit every so often.

Now Broderick is starring in a new film which sounds like it could be another one to add to my list of old friends. According to Variety, Broderick is set to star in Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan's feature writing/directing debut Finding Amanda. In the film Broderick plays an alcoholic and gambling-addicted TV producer who tries to convince his niece, who also happens to be a hooker, to go into rehab. Evan Rachel Wood of Thirteen and Running with Scissors is currently in negotiations to play Broderick's niece in the film.

I have to admit that after reading the description of Finding Amanda I'm on the fence about it. On the surface, it looks to have all the elements that go into making a successful film: the acting skill of Matthew Broderick, the writing and directing talent of Peter Tolan (his Rescue Me is one of my favorite shows) and the potential involvement of the very talented Evan Rachel Wood. All of these things together should spell "winner."

I really hope they do because the story sounds like the weakest part here -- more "movie of the week" or "after school special" than Hollywood feature film. Maybe once its all put together it will end up being great. With these people involved it really should be but I guess you can never be completely sure of anything these days. Finding Amanda is scheduled to start shooting January 3rd in L.A. and Las Vegas.

What's your favorite Matthew Broderick film?