- 1 hr 27 min
Diggers is a 2006 independent drama-comedy film starring Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Josh Hamilton, and Maura Tierney. The film is set in the Long Island town of Southampton in the 1970s and follows a group of friends who work as clam diggers and sell their catch to local restaurants. The film explores their relationships, family dynamics, and struggles to maintain their way of life in the face of changing times. The story centers around Hunt (Paul Rudd), the son of a legendary clam digger who is struggling to keep his business afloat. Alongside his friends and fellow diggers, Jack (Ken Marino) and Cons (Josh Hamilton), Hunt spends his days on the water, digging for clams and selling them to a local seafood restaurant. The men are content with their simple, honest way of life, despite the fact that their livelihood is becoming increasingly threatened by commercial fishing boats and real estate development. As the summer progresses, the men face a series of challenges. Jack is struggling with his marriage and is tempted by an affair with a local bartender played by Sarah Paulson. Cons is dealing with the recent death of his father and the knowledge that his family's land is being sold to developers. Meanwhile, Hunt is pursued by Zoey (Maura Tierney), a woman who he has been harboring feelings for since childhood but is afraid to pursue due to her engagement to a wealthy businessman from out of town. Diggers is a quiet, introspective film that explores the themes of nostalgia, family, and the loss of a way of life. Director Katherine Dieckmann does an excellent job of capturing the essence of the era, from the clothing and music to the social and political context. The film is also distinguished by its excellent performances, particularly by Paul Rudd, who gives a nuanced and understated portrayal of a man struggling to keep his dreams alive. While the film is slow-paced, it is also engaging and authentic. The characters are relatable and their struggles feel real. The film also has a dry sense of humor that is both charming and effective. Overall, Diggers is a moving and insightful portrayal of a bygone era, a tribute to a time and a place that is both nostalgic and familiar.