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

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A big-budget movie crew descends upon a quaint New England village, sowing a bumper crop of corruption, vanity and greed in David Marnet's "State and Main"; in the days that elapse before the cameras finally roll, money will change hands, careers will be jeopardized and love will blossom in the small-town soil.

Cast & Crew

Alec Baldwin
Bob Barrenger
Charles Durning
Mayor George Bailey
Sarah Jessica Parker
Claire Wellesley
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Joseph Turner White
David Paymer
Marty Rossen
Patti LuPone
Sherry Bailey
Julia Stiles
Carla Taylor
Clark Gregg
Doug MacKenzie
Michael Higgins
Doc Wilson
Vinnie Gustafero
Uberto Pazzi-Sforzo
Jerry Graff
Fake Judge
Alec Baldwin
Executive Producer
Jonathan Cornick
Executive Producer
Theodore Shapiro
Original Music
Oliver Stapleton
Cinematographer
Gemma Jackson
Production Designer
Carl Sprague
Art Direction
Susan Lyall
Costume Designer
Cas Donovan
First Assistant Director
David Gulick
Property Master
Jay Heyman
Set Dresser
Adam Roffman
Set Dresser
Eytan Mirsky
Sound Editor
Henry Cline
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Critic Reviews for State and Main

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  • Oct 22, 2012
    Passable but disappointing considering that this is Mamet and he has a high wattage of acting power behind him. Snoozy and lethargic at times. Witty in others. Inconsistent.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2012
    if you enjoy film then you'll love this film. mamet creates a funny take on the behind scenes of a film already running into trouble.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2011
    I loved almost everything about this movie, it's a pleasant experience with loads of overlapping dialogue, witty dialogue, and warm characters. 'State and Main' has a cast that handles the dialogue well but I got the sense that Mamet was being a bit lazy in his chair, behind the monitor. There is a scene that was not cut, amazingly, where one of the actors just stands there with no direction then haphazardly, as if awaking from a long slumber, chimes in a one-liner. These problems are to be expected with Mamet whose writing is gold and directing rust. Trust Philip Seymour Hoffman to warm ones heart and very, very (cannot stress this enough), surprising that Mamet's muse Mrs. Pidgeon is sweet and loveable and not too esoteric and archaic in her acting methods. 'State and Main' is not a great movie by David Mamet's standards, but if I want to sit back and enjoy a comedy with clever commentary, dialogue to envy, and characters that I like, this light comedy is better than ninety-percent of the comedies produced today. And one quote to give an idea of what to expect: 'It's the truth that you should never trust anybody who wears a bow tie. Cravat's supposed to point down to accentuate the genitals. Why'd you wanna trust somebody whose tie points out to accentuate his ears?'
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    Starts off with lots of potential, but falls short in the last couple acts.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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