State And Main


(out of 5)

Ridiculously smug comedy from David Mamet, who apparently thinks that he is the only clean soul in all of Hollywood. An independent film company comes to a tiny town on the East Coast to film a movie about what the writer () calls ‘purity”:  this must be why the director (Mamet regular ) is fighting the lead actress () on her no-nudity clause. It’s not that the stereotypes that Mamet presents (all the actors are basically whores and the producers seem to be living heart donors) come across as untrue, it’s just that he never seems to qualify why it is that he’s allowed to make these judgments without ever implicating his own contribution. Besides that, his script is a shambles, opening many plotlines that he never resolves, while those that he does are pulled off without much payoff. The film’s best actors, including  and Parker, are completely wasted in thankless roles, while  (Mamet’s real-life wife) is terrific as a resident of the town with enough gumption to not get either too excited or defensive about the strange visitors.

France/USA, 2000

Directed by 

Screenplay by David Mamet

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2000

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National Board Of Review Award
Best Acting by an Ensemble (Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Jim Frangione, Clark Gregg, Vincent Guastaferro, Michael Higgins, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, Jonathan Katz, Linda Kimbrough, Jordan Lage, Morris Lamore, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, Michael James O’Boyle, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, Charlotte Potok, Lionel Mark Smith, Allen Soule, Julia Stiles)

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Screenplay



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