State and Main (2000)



Critic Consensus: State and Main offers plenty of wit and laughs in its lampoons of the movie industry.

Movie Info

Walter Price is directing a movie that has gone over budget. Having been kicked out of his New Hampshire filming location, Price must quickly find a new, low budget location that can quickly pass as a 19th Century village. He soon comes across the quaint town of Waterford, Vermont. According to the brochure the town is equipped with a firehouse, a mill and a population eager for the glitter of Hollywood - Price thinks he has it made. However, he soon finds out that the mill, a crucial piece in … More

Rating: R (for language and brief sexual images)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Mamet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2001
Box Office: $5.8M
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Critic Reviews for State and Main

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (33)

Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

retains a lightheartedness that pokes fun at the film industry and gives some memorable performances

Full Review… | June 20, 2012
Old School Reviews

Intriguing characters, good movie for older teens.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

David Mamet, that president emeritus of hard-consonant profanity, often seems as comfortable with softer stuff as a man wearing wool in July. But this on-the-nose Hollywood satire played like Preston Sturges absolved of Production-Code limitations.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010

One giant testimony to unmet potential.

Full Review… | February 15, 2010

David Mamet tones it down a second time in the relaxed State and Main.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009

Audience Reviews for State and Main

WORTHLESS. I'm slowly coming around to the fact that Mamet's stilted patois might work, but definitely not when he writes and directs. The actors pause and repeat without motivation, as if they were just following stage directions. Rebecca Pidgeon is TERRIBLE. She breathes no life into the whimsical lady love. But hey, she's banging the director so why would she need to? I also get the impression that Mamet didn't even do much research for this film. His representation of small-town America is a mish-mash of idyllic stereotypes.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

This is a complete waste of time. A lame movie chalk full of many great actors. Did all these guys owe the director a favor??? I'm really not fond of movies about making a movie, especially when they're supposed to be "comedy" but with a some what serious tone. It was extremely tedious.

I just didn't get it... avoid this crap fest!!

Derek A

Super Reviewer

Walt Price: How are we coming with the dead horse scene?
Marty Rossen: You can't actually kill the horse.
Walt Price: Aw, fuck me!

Writer/Director David Mamet uses his style of dialog in a new fashion, comedy. This is a very funny movie with a great ensemble cast.

The movie revolves around a movie crew who was recently kicked out of a small town during production for some sketchy circumstances, and have now just arrived in a small Vermont town, where they will now upset their ways.

Amidst the movie crew there is Philip Seymour Hoffman as the writer, William H Macy and David Paymer as director and producer, and Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker as actors.

Among them, Hoffman is great as a writer unfamiliar with the ways of Hollywood. At one point he is forced to simply create a new title and settings for the film, because the movie which is called "The Old Mill," cannot film at the old mill, because it burned down.

Meanwhile, Macy and Paymer have to struggle with more funding through product placement involving somehow having "" mentioned in an 18th century period film.

Town Man: What happened to his finger?
Ann Black: It was burned, then it was really hurt.

What makes everything work so well is the Mamet style dialog, which I enjoy. Even though it is still laden with profanity, the movie glides along so smoothly with the little talking rhythms between the actors.

It is a very funny movie, with quirky characters, and fun stuff involving Hollywood vs. Small town society.

Ann Black: And here's some hydrogen peroxide.
Joseph Turner White: I don't drink.
Ann Black: It's for your finger.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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