State and Main
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Echoing the themes of Living in Oblivion and Irma Vep, David Mamet's seventh feature centers on the havoc wrought on the inhabitants of a small town by a troubled film production. After its leading man's propensity for teenage girls gets them banished from their New Hampshire location, a film crew relocates to the small town of Waterford, VT, to finish shooting "The Old Mill." As its title suggests, the film depends on the presence of a genuine mill, something the town is reported to possess. Unfortunately, with only days before principal photography begins, it becomes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hollywood corrupts absolutely, and Mamet turns the toxic process into the year's best and smartest comedy."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A surfeit of farce and fast-talking makes up for a lack of plot."
‑ Sara Wildberger, Miami Herald
"Intriguing characters, good movie for older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"David Mamet tones it down a second time in the relaxed State and Main."
‑ Tony Macklin, Las Vegas CityLife
"Mamet's most easy going and fun-loving film to date."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"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."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"As much fun to listen to as it is to watch."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"David Mamet, that president emeritus of hard-consonant profanity, often seems as comfortable with softer stuff as a man wearing wool in July. But this on-the-nose Hollywood satire played like Preston Sturges absolved of Production-Code limitations."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"...a fine comedy that represents grown-up moviemaking at its very best."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"[State and Main] has been heralded as the second coming of Preston Sturges. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't recall any of that comedic master's films ever revolving around a statutory rape charge."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"An amusing trifle."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"retains a lightheartedness that pokes fun at the film industry and gives some memorable performances"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"One giant testimony to unmet potential."
‑ Michael Dequina,
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"In the end, State and Main is little more than a pleasant diversion, but it is one that is accomplished with a degree of wit and grace and a healthy respect for its putative audience."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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