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Red State (2011)

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Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

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Travis' Mother
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Cooper Thornton ...
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Storyline

The teenager Jarod invites his best friends Travis and Billy-Ray to have a foursome with a thirty-eight year-old woman. While driving to meet the woman, Travis hit a car parked on the road. When they meet the woman, she gives spiked beer to them and they pass out. When the three friends wake up, they find that they are trapped in the fundamentalist Five Points Trinity Church of the infamous Pastor Abin Cooper and that they will be killed. Meanwhile the church is under siege by ATF agents led by Agent Joseph Keenan that have been ordered to destroy the terrorist cell. Will the teenagers be saved by the agents of the law enforcement agency? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong violence/disturbing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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30 September 2011 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,230, 6 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,104,682, 29 September 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After a screening of the film in Kansas City, Kevin Smith interviewed two life long Westboro Baptist Church members (Shirley Phelps niece and son) who had defected a few years prior. They both enjoyed the film and even complimented Smith on how realistic certain aspects of religious fanaticism are depicted. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 13 mins) At the end of Cooper's paraphrase of the opening of the seven seals, he throws his arms above his head. He then slowly lowers them- twice. First in an over-the-shoulder shot of actor John Goodman, and again in the next shot, a frontal shot of the good preacher. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Pastor Abin Cooper: [preaching and singing in his jail cell]
Prisoner: [from the next cell] Shut the fuck up!
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Crazy Credits

The cast listing is divided in three parts labeled "Sex", "Religion" and "Politics", representing the respective characters' roles in the movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.204 (2011) See more »

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Lyin', Drinkin', Stealin'
Written by Adam Lee Thompson
Performed by Adam Lee Thompson & the Dead Horse Sound Company
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Kevin Smith does it again!
3 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I think that I'm pretty good at going into a film with no bias one way or another. I have my perceptions on how I'm going to like a film, as anyone does and thus weighs their anticipation, but I think I've gotten as good as one can be at being neutral. So I go into saying that I hated "Red State" with the firm belief that my intense hatred of Kevin Smith and everything that pours out of his idiotic mouth has nothing to do with my feelings toward the film itself. I'll admit that there were several scenes I dug, I liked the performances from Michael Parks and John Goodman and part of me almost admired Smith trying to branch away from his usual comedic style. That one sentence is the only moderately good feelings I have towards the film. Everything else is just a horrific pile of drek coming from someone who has proved that if he produces anything other than just that...well, it's a gift from god.

To start with, the film suffers from the same basic flaw that has entirely convinced me that Smith is a virtually talentless writer/director; he can't create solid characters if his life depended on it. This film has no setup at all, no real introduction to our characters and no development for them. These are all just completely expected clichés of types that get trudged through tired old clichés of predictability while getting treated to no development whatsoever. It's a real shame because there is room for some nice stuff to happen here, but Smith just doesn't have the talent to grasp onto them. He abuses these people, creating a world where no one is likable or remotely interesting and just pushes them through such a dreadful routine of the same old crap we've seen a thousand times.

He acts so far above all of these people it's ridiculous. The "bad guys" are psychotic religious murderers; the "good guys" are corrupt bureaucrats who just want blood to clean up their mess. He puts himself on this pedestal (as he always does) to judge the world and it's...gross, really. He doesn't create characters, he abuses stereotypes with the most self-aware attitude this side of Tarantino and it's just painful to watch.


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