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STATE AND MAIN (R)
Fine Line Features
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Director: David Mamet

Written by: David Mamet

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

Rating: out of 5


The 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.

This 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.

The 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.

- (previously reviewed, 10/00) Roxanne Bogucka, Action Grrl!

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