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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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Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Angarano ... Travis
Deborah Aquila ... Mrs. Vasquez
Nicholas Braun ... Billy-Ray
Ronnie Connell ... Randy
Kaylee DeFer ... Dana
Joey Figueroa Joey Figueroa ... Route 9 Friend
Kyle Gallner ... Jarod
Anna Gunn ... Travis' Mother
Matt Jones ... Deputy Pete
John Lacy ... Travis' Father
Catherine McCord ... News Reporter
Alexa Nikolas ... Jesse
Stephen Root ... Sheriff Wynan
Cooper Thornton ... Plastic Wrap Man
Betty Aberlin ... Abigail
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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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Trivia

Casting director Deborah Aquila was moved to tears whilst listening to Kyle Gallner's performance during the cage scene. 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

Joseph Keenan: People just do the strangest things when they believe they're entitled. But they do even stranger things when they just plain believe.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Revelation Road Trilogy (2020) See more »

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Farther Along
Written by J.R. Baxter and W.B.B. Stevens
Performed by Michael Parks
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Reality is scary
19 November 2011 | by birdieleighSee all my reviews

I'm going to be honest with you: I've never watched a Kevin Smith film other than this one. Yes, go ahead, have problems with that. But that's not why we're here. I'm telling you this so you know that I had absolutely no expectations of this film coming in, other than that a friend of mine told me it was very thought-provoking.

And she was right.

I think "Red State" is an unappreciated gem of a film. Coming from the perspective of being fascinated with the Westboro Baptist Church, I especially got into it. If you don't know about the Westboro Baptist Church prior to watching the movie, you need to look them up. Because much of the film is based around a religious sect that is quite similar. In fact, Abin Cooper (brilliantly played by Michael Parks) gives a sermon in the film that essentially quotes the WBC's beliefs verbatim. It's hard to believe that people can actually believe this stuff--but they do. And that is what makes this story truly frightening. My favorite horrors are based enough in reality to be believable--as a matter of fact, I think something MUST be believable in order for it to be scary. "Red State" is not scary because it has monsters or buckets of gore. It is scary because it is probable: there is nothing more frightening than the terrible things human beings are capable of doing if they choose to.

In reading other reviews, I have noticed that many people criticized "Red State" for being all over the place or inconsistent. I didn't see that at all. Frankly, I appreciated the Coen-brothers-esque comedic breaks. John Goodman, especially, brought up some fond memories of "The Big Lebowski"-type humor. But I never felt that these breaks took away from the film or made it any less compelling.

Another note, and I mentioned this before with Michael Parks, is that I thought the acting in "Red State" verged on superb. Parks' performance as pastor Abin Cooper was spot-on, and the rest of the cast followed suit. The story was put together well, with a nice but brief intro and a plot that never felt too forced. I was pleasantly surprised at the way the story was wrapped up, too, even though it probably wouldn't count as a typical "happy ending." But stories like this don't typically have those anyway, do they?

To sum up: I wasn't expecting a lot from this movie. Negative reviews gave me low expectations. But, as usual, my curiosity got the best of me and I couldn't help but check it out for myself. "Red State" is a movie that I can genuinely say pleasantly surprised me. It is a little off the beaten path, slightly unorthodox, and subtly disturbing. But I loved it.


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Language:

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Release Date:

30 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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Untitled Kevin Smith Horror Project See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,230, 6 March 2011

Gross USA:

$1,104,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,874,460
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