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State and Main
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Starring: Alec Baldwin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rebecca Pidgeon, Julia Stiles
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Fine Line Features
Web Site:  &
Kiddie Movie: Nah, mostly adult jokes.
Date Movie: She might find it funny and like the love story.
Gratuitous Sex: Hinted at.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: A car crash.
Laughs: Lots.
Memorable Scene: None in particular.
Memorable Quote: "How are we coming with the dead horse scene?"
"You can't actually kill the horse."
"Oh, fuck me!"
Directed By: David Mamet
Produced By: Sarah Green

State and Main
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:45 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
The crew for "The Old Mill" make their way to a quaint Vermont town, banished from their previous New Hampshire location, and think things couldnít be better. The town flyer shows the perfect old mill for the old mill scene, the town is perfect except for the stained glass window in the firehouse, the townsfolk are perfect extras for the film, and the filmmakers should be able to finish their movie without going too far over budget. They set up shop, set up their schedule, and then the bomb drops Ė the old mill burned down. Not last night, not last week, but in 1960. Such goes filmmaking and such goes "State and Main."

"State and Main" was funny as long as you donít take it too seriously, and there is no reason you should. The film pokes fun at Hollywood, pokes fun at small town life, pokes fun at overpaid actors and actresses, and even throws in a nice love story.

So our cast of characters now has a problem Ė they have to rewrite "The Old Mill" so that there isnít an old mill, and that may be the least of their problems. There is the problem of the lead actor, Bob (Alec Baldwin), who has a hobby of hanging with underage girls (everyone has to have a hobby he professes); there is the problem of the lead actress, Claire (Sarah Jessica Parker), who wonít show her boobies even though itís in her contract and most of America could draw them with their eyes closed; there is the problem of Joe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the screenwriter, trying to figure out how to write the old mill out of "The Old Mill" while slowing falling in love with Ann (Rebecca Pidgeon) whose fiancť, a dorky politician wannabe, decides that allowing the filming to take place in the town shouldnít be without its price; and there is the problem of Carla (Julia Stiles) knowing Bobís hobby. Intertwine them all and you get a pretty funny flick.

The jokes are simple like the mixing up of the dinner date with the mayor, Bob getting mixed up with Carla, everyone with a cell phone, the townsfolk conversation shifting from problems with a stoplight to daily grosses for Hollywood, and how they end up incorporating a dot-com name into a movie set in the 1800ís. Itís a movie where things donít always jump out and scream at you, most of the laughs are chucklers and not gut-busters, but in the end I came out of "State and Main" enjoying the film.

If you want a cute film and can laugh at filmmaking then "State and Main" might be for you. You might have to think a little more than you want to, itís not a dumb comedy, but it does have its moments and Iíll wrap this up by giving it 4 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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