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Red State (2011)

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Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

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Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Angarano ... Travis
Deborah Aquila Deborah Aquila ... Mrs. Vasquez
Nicholas Braun ... Billy-Ray
Ronnie Connell ... Randy
Kaylee DeFer ... Dana
Joey Figueroa Joey Figueroa ... Route 9 Friend
Kyle Gallner ... Jarod
Anna Gunn ... Travis' Mother
Matt Jones ... Deputy Pete
John Lacy ... Travis' Father
Catherine McCord ... News Reporter
Alexa Nikolas ... Jesse
Stephen Root ... Sheriff Wynan
Cooper Thornton ... Plastic Wrap Man
Betty Aberlin ... Abigail
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Storyline

The teenager Jarod invites his best friends Travis and Billy-Ray to have a foursome with a thirty-eight year-old woman. While driving to meet the woman, Travis hit a car parked on the road. When they meet the woman, she gives spiked beer to them and they pass out. When the three friends wake up, they find that they are trapped in the fundamentalist Five Points Trinity Church of the infamous Pastor Abin Cooper and that they will be killed. Meanwhile the church is under siege by ATF agents led by Agent Joseph Keenan that have been ordered to destroy the terrorist cell. Will the teenagers be saved by the agents of the law enforcement agency? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,230, 6 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,104,682, 29 September 2011
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Released on tour in March 2011, Kevin Smith invited the WBC and specifically Megan Phelps-Roper over Twitter to attend the Kansas City screening and Q&A. Megan and around 15 other members of WBC attended the screening and some brought their young children along. Smith warned the family that the film's content was for a mature audience and not suitable for children, but was promptly told off by the church members. Less than 20 minutes into the screening, the entire WBC audience attending the event walked out, outraged by the film's content. Megan called the film "filth" and "a vulgar piece of tacky melodrama." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 13 mins) At the end of Cooper's paraphrase of the opening of the seven seals, he throws his arms above his head. He then slowly lowers them- twice. First in an over-the-shoulder shot of actor John Goodman, and again in the next shot, a frontal shot of the good preacher. See more »

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Joseph Keenan: [at the inquest, staring into space]
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Joseph Keenan: I subdued the suspect... with a head butt.
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Joseph Keenan: Yes sir. The suspect was standing... unnaturally close. And then the trumpet blast sounded three more times, and a fourth and a fifth. By then it was pretty clear that the Rapture wasn't going to happen, so we rounded up the remaining Five Pointers.
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Agent Carol: ...
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Pretty Awful
6 September 2011 | by ronnybrown1982See all my reviews

Being a fan of Kevin Smiths earlier films (ie Clerks, Mallrats etc) I was extremely disappointed with this amateurish, didactic and boring movie.

Firstly, the directing would have been OK if it was a first time directors attempt at making an action movie but coming from someone with so many films under his belt it looked awful. To all the reviews that said the chase scenes were good: they weren't. Smith just attached a steadycam to the actors - a technique that has been used many times before and which didn't fit with the rest of the film.

The script was all over the place - going from awful conversational set pieces which didn't flow, to long pointless monologues - in particular the one from the Reverend that was done to show us how awful and bigoted he was which we already understood. The John Goodman speech at the end was equally awful and pointless. In the first 20 odd minutes I thought the film was looking good. After that the film is full of people acting in a way that makes no sense whatsoever and renders that entire film totally stupid and unbelievable.

Thirdly, the characters were all extremely one dimensional from the people in the church who were just mindless idiots, to the kids and the cops - who mindlessly carried out orders.

Overall, the film just treats the audience as idiots. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence disagrees with detainment without trial, with the Westboro Baptist Church, and (what this film seems to be based on) what happened at Waco. And if you don't disagree with all those things then you probably DO deserve to be hit over the head with a dried dog turd like this. Anyone else stay away.

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