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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

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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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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Love thy neighbor See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kevin Smith Horror Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

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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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Kevin Smith's wife Jennifer Schwalbach Smith played Esther, a believer See more »

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The boys are served Miller Lite beer, in green bottles with white labels. The label color is correct, but Miller Lite bottles are brown, not green. See more »

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


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When They Ring the Golden Bells
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Tsk Tsk not again Smith.....
19 October 2011 | by troy-manatungaSee all my reviews

I am quite unsure where to begin with. I am quite certain I am offended by the content and themes discussed in RED STATE. Just like he attracted many negative vibes for his comedy DOGMA back in 1999, Kevin Smith seems to be doing it again. It took Smith a long time to recover from all the media banter and slashing he received for the religious plot in DOGMA. DOGMA being a comedy and RED STATE being a movie on a heavier note will indeed take him longer. This is one of those times that a director should be happy his movie is an all-round flop. What were you thinking Smith? What's happened to the real Kevin Smith?

Social networking, Tweeting, Online Dating have taken over our world. Gone are the days where you will call your friends up and wish them on the birthday. Instead you would rather write on the Facebook wall. Gone are the days you would call up a friend to check up on them or catch up on them, instead you would rather poke them via Facebook. You don't need to watch the news no more or read the papers to be in touch and to be up to speed, instead simply follow them on Twitter and you will be as updated as the man who spends all afternoon reading the entire newspaper. Giving that Twitter is real time and the newspaper has been printed the previous night, the Twitter follower may be on top of things. Online dating sites of today are becoming more interesting to the younger generation around the world, given the fact of all the encouragement for sexual immorality that takes place in them. Jarod too is a teenager who likes the whole online dating concept. With aid of a website that brings together individuals with the raw intention of sex, Jarod makes a date with a lady who wishes to be with Jarod and his 2 friends; Travis and Billy at the same time. The boys not knowing what they are getting themselves into, heads towards meeting the stranger in the night! It indeed does not turn out to be as exciting as they hoped, instead it possibly could be their last road trip.

Deep context is shed into the light with themes of sexual immorality through the internet and accessibility to the under aged. However the plot entirely takes a speedy turn into religion and brings to light the church. The Five Point Church as shown to us in this movie is a group of strong followers of Christ and his teachings. However are portrayed as extremists who would go to grave extents to instill the word of god. In my personal opinion Smith should not have tied the movie with religion at any cost since it is downright offensive and portrays a clearly improper depiction of what the church is all about. Instead this could have been drawn out to the viewers as a cult with its own agenda. Smith focuses intensely on the Christian faith and scripture when directs a scene with Pastor Abin Cooper over a prolonged period of time. Smith wished for the viewer to understand it's a church; in that case just a brief introduction would have been sufficed. Instead he rambles on for a good 10 long minutes which really is unnecessary. John Goodman who plays Joseph Keenan is the only saving grace in all of RED STATE. It's a pity that such a great script with vast plot options wide opened focused all its energy on entirely the wrong direction.

Offensive to religion and sexual orientation of the man I am surprised RED STATE cleared censorship.

Kevin Smith, what was your true intent?

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Title: Red State Directed by: Kevin Smith Starring: John Goodman, Kyle Gallner, Nicholas Braun, Micheal Angarano & Micheal Park Rated: R for strong violence/disturbing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language Rating: 02/10


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