Owen Gleiberman
January 26, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

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+

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