Why is it just now I’m writing about one of my all-time favorite movies?!
Hollywood’s coming to small-town America (Waterford, Vermont). Playwright and screenwriter Joseph Turner White (the late, and brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman) wrote this screenplay called “The Old Mill”. Hollywood loved it, and wanted to film it in the northeast United States (first New Hampshire, which blacklisted the film crew, now Vermont). The problem is… it seems the new location is missing some key things that make the story. It is Joe White’s responsibility to rewrite and tweak the initial plot. But oh… so many distractions and small-town b.s. to deal with! Thankfully, there’s Annie (Rebecca Pigeon) who is eager to help Joe White, as she happens to be a big fan of his writing. Annie’s fiancee Doug is the local douchebag, dead-set on making a buck wherever he can, and complaining about everything along the way (including the film crew). Will this film ever get made? One must see State and Main, to find out!
I will not spoil anything at all. Just know that this is one of the most brilliant pieces of cinema ever made. Largely due in part to David Mamet’s superb writing, but also to the incredibly talented actors and actresses who each add something big, even if their roles are small.
I have seen this movie over 150 times. I can almost quote it, word-for-word. The dialogue is insanely clever, sarcastic, and…. I don’t know. It’s just sharp, witty, and everything Mamet. If all comedies could be this clever, funny, and extremely well-written… people wouldn’t complain about the drivel coming out of Hollywood, especially since 2007.
An absolute must-see! The DVD often sells on Amazon for less than $7. You will be doing yourself a big favor if you picked it up. It’s so worth watching, and repeatedly. All movies should always be this damn good.