Stateside (2004)



Critic Consensus: An inept drama that rings false.

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A love story about two imperfect teenagers who find perfect love. The film follows the story of two teenagers from different worlds--Mark Deloach and Dori Lawrence--as their lives quickly spiral out of control. The rebellious but privileged Mark delves into dangerous antics resulting in a nearly fatal drunk driving accident, and Dori Lawrence, a wild actress and singer slowly loses touch with reality as she suffers from schizophrenia. Forced to straighten out their lives, Mark is sent to join the Marines and Dori is admitted into a mental hospital. In the midst of life's chaos, Mark and Dori are drawn to each other, recognizing their mutual desperation for love and understanding. Despite pressure from both their friends and family to keep their distance, they maintain their bond. While they fail to fix what's broken in each of their lives, they find comfort in each other's faults and have faith that their unconditional love will eventually heal their deep seeded wounds.
R (for language, some sexuality/nudity and underage drinking)
Drama , Romance
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Rachael Leigh Cook
as Dori Lawrence
Jonathan Tucker
as Mark Deloach
Agnes Bruckner
as Sue Dubois
Joe Mantegna
as Mr. Deloach
Carrie Fisher
as Mrs. Dubois
Diane Venora
as Mrs. Hengen
Ed Begley Jr.
as Father Concoff
Val Kilmer
as SDI Skeer
Zena Grey
as Gina Deloach
Michael Goduti
as Gregory Deloach
Daniel Franzese
as Danny Tripodi
Penny Marshall
as Lt. Chevetone
Billy Lush
as Nando
Bridget Barkan
as Francine
Robert Rogan
as Lunar Fringe Guitarist
Johnny Alonso
as Lunar Fringe Bass Player
Brian Veronica
as Joey Spadudu
David Holcomb
as Silvio
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Critic Reviews for Stateside

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (21)

The lovers' nonexistent chemistry doesn't generate enough heat to light a match.

May 27, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

It felt authentic ...

May 24, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's so unexpected and unpredictable and so full of tiny grace notes that its ultimate collapse seems almost irrelevant.

Full Review… | May 22, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Turns out to be not so much a movie about a Kwazy Person as it is about a Stoopid Person.

Full Review… | May 22, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

A genuinely affecting love story told without a trace of affect.

May 21, 2004
Top Critic

A ludicrous indie romance.

May 21, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stateside

As Dori, a pop singer suffering from schizophrenia with the hots for a Marine (Jonathan Tucker, great) Rachel Leigh Cook does some of her most interesting work ever. Her love for the Marine hits roadblocks though, both in the form of her illness and Tucker's drill-instructor (Val Kilmer). Writer-director Reverge Anselmo does well with actors, particularly Agnes Bruckner as Sue, who takes pride in her blow job skills, but Anselmo, basing his script on true events, overloads things with way too many plots. It flies off the rails quite easily, and sinks to soap opera levels. Sad.

Manny Casillas
Manny Casillas

Ok romance-drama about two crazy teens [one of them is literally crazy] who fall in love while one is in the Marine Corp. I must say that some of the dialogue between the two main characters was very weird but beautifully poetic in a way.Perhaps this film brought out the sappiness in me. Good performances by Jonathan Tucker, Rachel Leigh Cook [especially], Agnes Bruckner, Val Kilmer, Joe Mantegna, Ed Begley Jr., and Diane Venora. Overall it's somewhat entertaining and worth a watch despite it not being particularly good.

Chosen 718
Chosen 718

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After I saw this movie several months ago from insta-view on NF, I became a big fan of suckiness (the cool kind). Of course though, I am a sucker for girls who sing and play guitar, but this film had me longing for something unique and quirky in a relationship, not just infatuation or lust.

Russ Snow
Russ Snow

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