State and Main (2000)
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as Mayor Bailey
as Scott Larkin, Hotel Clerk
as Doc Wilson
as Howie Gold
as Production Assistant
as Trooper No. 2
as Bill Smith
as Doc Morten
as Real Judge
as TV Reporter
as Trooper No. 1
as Tommy Max, First Assistant Director
as Cal Thompkin
as Costume Designer
as Water Delivery Man
as Girl Production Assistant
as Store Owner
as Uberto Pazzi
as Fake Judge
as Billy on Bike
as Girl on Scooter
as Little Kid
Critic Reviews for State and Main
Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy.
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.
An amusing trifle.
A surfeit of farce and fast-talking makes up for a lack of plot.
As much fun to listen to as it is to watch.
Mamet has an unrivaled ear for dialogue.
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.
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!!
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 "bazoomer.com" 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.
State and Main Quotes
|Walt Price:||Who designed these costumes? It looks like Edith Head puked and the puke designed these costumes.|
|Bob Barrenger:||Only second chance I know, is the chance to make the same mistake twice|
|Bob Barrenger:||Only second chance I know, is the chance to make the same mistake twice.|