Blue State (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  19 February 2008 (Canada)
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BLUE STATE is a romantic comedy about a disgruntled Democrat who actually follows through on a drunken campaign promise to move to Canada if George "Dubya" Bush gets re-elected.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Blackburn ...
Seun Olagunju ...
The Horny American (as Bryan Clark)
Nick Ouellette ...
Hal (as Nicolas Ouellette)
James Juce ...
Elicia Cronin ...
Scott Pangman ...
Canadian Guy #1
Kristjan Harris ...
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On the eve of John Kerry's 2004 defeat, campaign volunteer John Logue, canvasing in Ohio, says he'll move to Canada if Bush wins. His pledge gets televised, so when John returns to San Francisco - where his old job and girl-friend evaporate - his friends expect him to deliver on the promise. He gets a call from, accepts their invitation to come to Winnipeg, interviews traveling companions, picks Chloe (she with a nose ring), and sets out. Both John and Chloe have secrets, revealed one at a time, and Winnipeg in 2004, with men and women willing to help US ex-pats gain citizenship, may not be what either needs. Echoes of the Vietnam war help them decide. Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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19 February 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Blue State - Eine Reise ins Blaue  »

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$950,000 (estimated)

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Anna Paquin is from Winnipeg, their destination in Canada. See more »


When John and Cloe enter Canada they are required to present their passports. At the time the movie took place (November '04), passports were not required if traveling by car. See more »


[first lines]
Suburban Man: Can I help you?
John Logue: Hi, I'm John Logue with the Kerry campaign, and we just want to make sure we get all the voters out there. We have you listed as a strong-leaning Kerry household.
Suburban Man: I'm voting for Bush.
John Logue: You are? Sorry, no matter how many times people say that to me, I just can't get over it. It's like I don't have the enzymes to metabolize someone actually saying that to me.
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References Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) See more »

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Knee-jerk much?
7 November 2008 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

The people who ripped into the movie for portraying a one-dimensional Canada or taking potshots at Bush are missing the point.

Canada as a locale in the movie is merely a convenient shorthand-- it could have been Mexico or the UK or Australia, the point is that it's a foreign country. Calling 'Blue State' "anti-Canadian propaganda" is a bit like calling South Park's portrayal of egghead Canadians "anti-Canadian propaganda".

And, it may be just me, but I felt that 'Blue State' pokes more fun at the Democrat zealot than of Dubya-- for a considerable portion of the movie, and when he's on tirade-mode, it seems to me that John is portrayed as a sad, almost ridiculous figure.

That aside, the leads are believable and exhibit romantic chemistry, and make their characters likable. Especially Breckin Meyer-- as written, John is a self-important, uptight person for most of the film, but Meyer imbues his character with humanity.

Overall a mild political satire and competent, heartfelt romantic road trip.

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