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Movie Review: 'State and Main'

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State and Main

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
106 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/22/00
Wide Release Date:
01/12/01
performer:
Alec Baldwin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charles Durning, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, Julia Stiles
director:
David Mamet
Producers:
El Dorado Pictures, Filmtown Entertainment, Green/Renzi
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
David Mamet
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B+

David Mamet’s delectably caustic comedy about the making of a big Hollywood movie in a small New England town. William H. Macy draws on electric glints of duplicity to play Walt Price, a celebrated film director who spins the world around his ability to lie — and laugh — in its face. The movie has the vacuum-packed atmosphere of all the films Mamet has directed, yet cleverness, heightened to a pitch of acid-tongued amorality, is both its flavor and its meaning. Mamet has crafted a screwball Day for Night for the infotainment age. B+