Producers: Dorothy Aufiero, Alec Baldwin,
Jonathan Cornick, Sarah Green, Rachael
Horovitz, Mark Ordesky
Cast: Rebecca Pidgeon, Philip Seymour
Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, William H.
Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charles
Durning, David Paymer, Patti Lupone
last two David Mamet movies included roles
for his wife, Rebecca Pidgeon, and this
one is no different. Here, she plays Ann
Black, a clear-eyed, decisive bookseller
who is neither bowled over by nor cynical
about the "movie people" who
have invaded her picturesque Vermont hometown.
The filmmakers include Wm. H. Macy as
the film's director; Alec Baldwin as a
star who has a troublesome and felonious
hobby; Sarah Jessica Parker, as the none-too-bright
female lead; David Paymer, as an alternately
funny and reptile-scary producer; and
Philip Seymour Hoffman as the scriptwriter
who falls for Ann.
is yet another skewering of the movie
business, and no one enjoys seeing it
spitted so much as movie industry
people! The film festival crowd at this
movie laughed out loud and oh so knowingly
at every gibe. Whether it'll play in Peoria
is another matter, but I would guess that
it will. A point that Mamet takes care
to make, in fact, is that in the information
society, anyone can and is likely to keep
abreast of entertainment industry news.
plot is a trifle about obstacles, both
internal and external, to the successful
filming of this movie, but that's not
the point. The raison d'etre of Mamet
movies is the dialogue, and STATE AND
MAIN does not disappoint. Recommended.