6.2/10
2,414
15 user 45 critic

The Hottest State (2006)

Trailer
2:13 | Trailer
A young actor from Texas tries to make it in New York while struggling in his relationship with a beautiful singer/songwriter.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chelsea Walls (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.

Director: Ethan Hawke
Stars: Paz de la Huerta, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bianca Hunter
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Meet Seymour Bernstein: a beloved pianist, teacher and true inspiration who shares eye-opening insights from an amazing life. Ethan Hawke helms this poignant guide to life.

Director: Ethan Hawke
Stars: Seymour Bernstein, Jiyang Chen, Ethan Hawke
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A failed New Jersey inventor embarks on a career as a standup comic, turns to drink, and labors to keep his family together.

Director: Frank Whaley
Stars: Frank Whaley, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke
The War Zone (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

Director: Tim Roth
Stars: Ray Winstone, Lara Belmont, Freddie Cunliffe
Tape (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three old high school friends pass the time in a Michigan motel room dissecting the painful memories of their high school years.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Gainesville Florida auto upholsterer (Giamatti) attempts to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk.

Director: Julian Goldberger
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams, Michael Pitt
Odd Jobs (TV Movie 2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nate is a neurotic, recently laid-off investment banker. Joe is his unemployed, morally questionable, hustler roommate. Unable to find gainful employment (or pay for his impending wedding),... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Redleaf
Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Anna Garner, Jack Haley
A Hole in One (2004)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When her brother Bobby returns from World War II mentally damaged, Anna has to deal with her parents who don't aknowledge her brother's existence, who is now brought to a mental hospital. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Ledes
Stars: Michelle Williams, Meat Loaf, Tim Guinee
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A college lecturer flees to Paris after a scandal costs him his job. In the City of Light, he meets a widow who might be involved in a series of murders.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Stars: Michelle Williams, Lucy, David Koppell
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Valentino is an Ex Adult film star very much in love with his girlfriend Mary Carmen....and boyfriend Gary. Things take a tragic turn when Valentino is rushed to the hospital after ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Ireland
Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Salma Hayek, Thomas Jane
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Ethan Hawke
Stars: Josh Hamilton, Isabel Gillies
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Young Vince (as Daniel Ross)
...
John Jaegerman (as Glen Powell Jr.)
Anne Clarke ...
Young Jesse
...
Danielle
...
...
Decker
...
...
Bill Dobrow ...
Drummer
Jon Fowler ...
Bassist
Guyora Kats ...
Pianist / Accordian Player
Nick McDonnel ...
Artsy Guy
...
Kim (as Alexandra Daddorio)
...
Edit

Storyline

A young actor from Texas tries to make it in New York while struggling in his relationship with a beautiful singer/songwriter.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What happens when your first love is love itself?

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Alithinos erotas  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,524 (USA) (24 August 2007)

Gross:

$30,629 (USA) (21 September 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

William Harding: It was Wednesday when we met, Saturday when I asked her to move in, and by Sunday there were flowers in my apartment and hummus in my refrigerator. I don't remember waking up that Sunday. I don't think I ever slept. I just sat there thinking, "God damn, this must be what praying is like."
See more »

Connections

References Splendor in the Grass (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Ever Slip
Written by Jesse Harris
Performed by The Black Keys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Middle-of-the-road enjoyable, yet subtly insightful
5 August 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I've liked Hawke as an actor but didn't go into this film with high expectations. I was surprised at how competently this was made. While it covers fairly safe territory - a romantic drama - it does it with nice visuals and some originality. The protagonist William (Mark Webber) is a bit of a slacker, yet he was introspective enough to try to resolve some of his own issues when his lover Sarah (Catalina Sandino Moreno) splits and leaves him broken-hearted. The fact that this was tackled from the male perspective, and grappled with some psychological insight gave the film some gravitas. Mind you, how deeply a twenty-one year old can delve into his psyche is another thing.

I found the film quite enjoyable, more than superficial, but still largely in the "middle-of-the-road" category - not that that's a bad thing. The cinematography was great, and there were nice camera angles. The music was nice but sometimes a little intrusive. While it's the type of film that's likely to do well at Sundance (maybe it has, I don't know), it's a lot better than the quirky comedies like Little Miss Sunshine et al. This film could do well on general release and was an OK film to add some variation to my MIFF viewings, but nothing to rave about. A good effort by Hawke (who is also a guest speaker at the festival).


19 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Could there be worse casting for Sarah? djpancakes
Book=Crap...Movie=C rap (n/m) juniorfrenger
I SAW THIS MOVIE YESTERDAY IN VENICE!! andrewseas
Stop Knocking This Movie tonykarisma
adapted from Ethan Hawke's 1996 book! yeeassoc
It's about freakin time! Princetongirl20
Discuss The Hottest State (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?