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The Hottest State (2006)

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

Director:

Ethan Hawke

Writers:

Ethan Hawke (screenplay), Ethan Hawke (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Webber ... William Harding
Daniel Ross Owens ... Young Vince (as Daniel Ross)
Glen Powell ... John Jaegerman (as Glen Powell Jr.)
Anne Clarke Anne Clarke ... Young Jesse
Cherami Leigh ... Danielle
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... Sarah
Josh Zuckerman ... Decker
Michelle Williams ... Samantha
Jesse Harris ... Dave Afton
Bill Dobrow Bill Dobrow ... Drummer
Jon Fowler Jon Fowler ... Bassist
Guyora Kats Guyora Kats ... Pianist / Accordian Player
Nick McDonnel Nick McDonnel ... Artsy Guy
Alexandra Daddario ... Kim (as Alexandra Daddorio)
Ethan Hawke ... Vince
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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 »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Alithinos erotas See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,524, 26 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,629, 23 September 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Jesse: [after giving her son new shoes for his birthday] You gotta lose those cowboy boots, William. I worked too hard to get us out of Texas for you to go around in those things.
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Soundtracks

Cold Hard Cash
Written by John Hobe and Steve Stone
Performed by Studio Musicians
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Middle-of-the-road enjoyable, yet subtly insightful
5 August 2007 | by Paul MartinSee 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).


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