When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.
Haley Joel Osment
A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.
Juan Carlos Hernández
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
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
The Westboro Baptist Church planned to protest Red State at its premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Kevin Smith in turn planned a counter protest which he and his fans took part in. At the premiere the counter-protesters heavily outweighed the handful of Westboro protesters who showed up. This occurred 12 years after Smith's first film to tackle religious controversy, Dogma (1999), drew protests from certain sects of the Catholic Church, one of which Smith jokingly took part in himself. See more »
The car that got side swiped had a different license plate when it got hit (A47P9H) than it did when it pulled into the Sheriff's office (L14F3V). See more »
In the closing credits: 'Almost this entire cast will return in HIT SOMEBODY Coming over the boards in 2012.' Also: 'To take the edge off RED STATE go listen to hours of funny for free at smodcast.com "There's so many to choose from!"' See more »
So, Kevin Smith decided to make a movie about religious nuts, heavily inspired by the misadventures of Westboro Baptist Church. The result is RED STATE, an episodic and frankly hacked-together movie that doesn't really know what it wants to be. While I can't fault his professional work as director here, what I can fault is his script, which is all over the place.
The first half of the film is a typical teenage horror/torture porn outing as a group of three guys (including FORBIDDEN KINGDOM's Michael Angarano) go looking for a good time and find something that's anything but. There's quite a bit of suspense, and the introduction of a fire-and-brimstone preacher - played to the hilt by Michael Parks - is both strong and effective. And then the film changes tack completely, turning into more of a action/thriller, and it just falls apart.
There's a huge set-piece siege scenario, which is well filmed, but it just kind of starts to fizzle out as the climax nears. Then, at the end, it turns into a huge anticlimactic talk-fest that's guaranteed to test the patience of even the most dedicated viewer. John Goodman is excellent value as an FBI agent but that's about all the second half of the film has to offer; this ends up as a huge disappointment and something written by somebody who didn't really have a clue what they were doing.
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