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State and Main (2000)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 99 | Rotten: 16

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


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 5

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



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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



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

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
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State and Main might be the perfect David Mamet movie for people who don't like David Mamet movies. The nice thing about it, though, is that it won't disappoint the rest of us.

January 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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An amusing trifle.

January 12, 2001
San Jose Mercury News
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A surfeit of farce and fast-talking makes up for a lack of plot.

January 12, 2001
Miami Herald
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As much fun to listen to as it is to watch.

January 12, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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retains a lightheartedness that pokes fun at the film industry and gives some memorable performances

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Intriguing characters, good movie for older teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source:

One giant testimony to unmet potential.

February 15, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

...a fine comedy that represents grown-up moviemaking at its very best.

January 1, 2004 Full Review


August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Mamet's most easy going and fun-loving film to date.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

[State and Main] has been heralded as the second coming of Preston Sturges. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall any of that comedic master's films ever revolving around a statutory rape charge.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

In the end, State and Main is little more than a pleasant diversion, but it is one that is accomplished with a degree of wit and grace and a healthy respect for its putative audience.

October 30, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...without a doubt one of the most well written scripts in the past few years.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source:

Those who read the tabloids regularly will enjoy speculating about which real-life personalities Mamet may have provided the inspiration for these daffy characters.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The well-spoken scumbags are still there, but now they're funny.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Like the good magician, Mamet plays some tricks on us which cause bristles of amazement.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

This is exactly the kind of intellectual in-joke movie that a few people will adore with all their hearts, and a zillion people will go, "ehhh."

June 14, 2001 Full Review

It's a treat to see a movie that rewards its viewers for paying attention.

April 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

Funny, satirical, and touching

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

...manages to be one of the most brilliant films of 2000: a satirical, edgy and sweet comedy in which every person, detail and camera shot is of complete significance.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source:

Mamet loves the interplay of words, rife with sharp exchanges and ready witticisms

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source:

Devilishly wicked if occasionally slight, Mamet's third film in as many years, is, alas, one of his weakest (but still strong compared with the rest of the holiday film pack).

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
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Audience Reviews for State and Main

The performances are good and the idea is very sharp but it's the quick paced and witty script that really makes State and Main. David Mamet is a great writer, a better writer than director but I thought he did a great job here, especially as he never once makes it easy for himself. He avoids all cliches and even when the plot may seem predictable, he follows it up with something unexpected. Intelligent and feelgood, a winning combination although deadpan doesn't seem to go down well these days, the dumbing down has commenced.
April 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

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.
October 24, 2008

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!!
July 28, 2008
Derek A

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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.
September 13, 2007

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