State and Main (2000)

STATE AND MAIN is David Mamet’s satirical swipe at the movie business. If you’ve read his book Bambi vs. Godzilla you’ll know he doesn’t pull his punches.

Overall it plays like a speeded up Preston Sturges comedy. Troubled Hollywood production descends on the sleepy “small town American” hamlet of Waterford, Vermont. The production has everything you’d expect from a Hollywood movie, the egocentric actor, the infantilised actress, a duplicitous director, the soulless producer, and last but not least, the neurotic writer, all of them striving to get their movie made.

Now throw in a corrupt politician, some sycophantic residents, mix it with some underage sex, a pinch of vandalism, a swirl of Bourbon and milk, and you get the idea. It’s funny, and has the acerbic dialogue that is Mamet’s trademark.

I can’t recommend this film highly enough.

Director: David Mamet
Writer: David Mamet
Rating: 15 Running
Time: 100 minutes


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