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State and Maine

By |2018-03-21T18:24:00+01:00June 1st, 2008|Reviews|


Date: 2000

Director: David Mamet

Starring: Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer


film troupe invades a rural Maine town, wreaking modest, culture-clash havoc. This is Mamet that’s not really Mamet-like. That’s mostly because the material doesn’t leave much playroom— aside from wide-eyed town and bored stars.

David Paymer (wisecracking producer), William Macy (frustrated director), Alec Baldwin (prowling-for-jailbate movie star) and Sarah Jessica Parker (spoiled actress who won’t undress) are all on cue. Good also is William Seymour Hoffman as a hand-wringing screenwriter who can’t shake writers block.

Mamet tries merging small-town parody (think “The Andy Griffin Show”) with ensemble Hollywood satire but emerges mostly with one-liners as in, “If your memory was as long as your dick, you’d be in good shape.” Still, with a cast that also includes Rebecca Pidgeon, Charles Durning, and Patti LuPone the movie’s IQ is sweet and high.

About the Author:

A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.