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State and Main (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 January 2001 (USA)
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A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.



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When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked Questions Later. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and brief sexual images | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Attention, on tourne!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$580,163 (USA) (29 December 2000)


ESP 45,156,288 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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The Song of the Old Mill
Words by David Mamet
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Sung by Patti LuPone
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Light but intelligent
3 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) has never been so winsome, nor Philip Seymour Hoffman so innocent. It is light fare, but the dialogue, thanks to Mamet's talent, nonetheless has an edge and intelligence missing from most romantic comedies.

The Hollywood crew, post-Entourage, seems almost dated, though David Paymer does a good job of seeming tough while remaining surprisingly vulnerable. Clark Gregg, on the town side, does an under-appreciated job of playing the jilted fiancé and future corrupt politician.

Contrasting this 10-year-old film with nonsense like (500) Days of Summer, you can see the difference between good light comedy and bad light comedy. Pidgeon and Hoffman at least hint at complexities of character that make their relationship an interesting prospect.

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