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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

Writer:

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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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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An unlikely film from that Kevin Smith 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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The budget for the special effects department was $5000. See more »

Goofs

After the three kids side-swipe the Sherrif's car their car is missing the right side mirror and then, as they drive away, the mirror is clearly seen in place only to disappear in the next shot. 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

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

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Tusk (2016) See more »

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Written by J.R. Baxter and W.B.B. Stevens
Performed by Michael Parks
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Nice Shot but No Cigar, Mr. Smith
20 September 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

Red State represents Kevin Smith's attempt to direct a horror movie / thriller, focusing on a Phelps-like family of violent religious fanatics. It follows three male college students entrapped by the religious fanatics via an internet relationship site. Although the film features some good characterization and acting by Michael Parks and Melissa Leo, dubious pacing, weak writing, and the lack of a good protagonist undermine it.

Red State suffers from an inability to retain a consistent tone, as it shifts from a buddy comedy to a disturbing horror film to an action movie, and then back to some rather lame laughs. Given that Smith's stated goal was to direct a horror movie, this is a serious flaw. There are only two scenes in the film that could truly qualify as frightening, and they are both undermined by lousy pacing, as too much time is spent watching the main villain talk.

Furthermore, we are never given a clear character to root for,as the film's attention shifts too frequently for anyone other than the villains to stand out. The film divides its attention between the three captives so evenly that none really becomes the lead. (It doesn't help that they are played by unexceptional actors.) The film then shifts to a federal agent played by John Goodman, yet the film can't seem to make up its mind whether he is supposed to be a protagonist or an antagonist.

In the end, only the two main villains played by Michael Parks and Melissa Leo really stand out as interesting characters. Parks gives the lead minister / fanatic a charismatic edge, making it clear why people would follow someone so obviously insane. Leo isn't given as much to work with, but still makes her character compelling. Their performances, along with a somewhat amusing plot twist near the end, are the only things keeping the film from a lower score.


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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:

California, USA See more »

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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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