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Stateside (2004)

Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jonathan Tucker, more...
Director: Reverge Anselmo, Reverge Anselmo
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Studio: First Look Pictures
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Directed by Reverge Anselmo, Stateside revolves around the unique love story of two very different teens -- namely, the rich but lonely Mark Deloach (Jonathan Tucker) and Dori Lawrence (Rachael Leigh Cook), a schizophrenic singer and actress -- whose lives spiral out of control in separate but nonetheless connective ways. After Mark's prank on a local girl (Agnes Bruckner) results in a deadly drunk-driving accident, and Dori's mental health continues to deteriorate, Mark is forcibly sent to the Marines as Dori is admitted into a mental hospital. Despite the state of havoc in their lives, however, Dori and Mark are drawn to each other -- it would appear that their mutual need for love and some semblance of understanding has bonded them more tightly together than all of their more traditional relationships combined. Of course, those very relationships are insisting the young couple stay as far apart as possible; Mrs. Hagen (Diane Venora), head of Dori's halfway house, is particularly insistent. When Mark is deployed to a combat unit overseas, it looks as though Mrs. Hagen's wishes have been granted. Unable to forget each other, Mark and Dori do their best to heal one another in spite of the distance between them. Stateside features supporting performances from Ed Begley Jr., Carrie Fisher, Val Kilmer, and Joe Mantegna ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

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Late Delivery by talltale October 14, 2004 - 4:44 PM PDT
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It takes awhile for STATESIDE to find its focus, but when it does, if you've managed to stick with it to the midway point, you'll probably ride it out to the end--and be glad you did. Well-cast and well-acted, this is an odd movie. It starts and stops in jerky scenes that don't connect too well. You won't even be sure for awhile who the hero/lead character is. Kilmer commands the early part of the film, while Cook and Tucker hold you fast for the latter half. Their love story is an unusual one and it is handled surprisingly well by the writer, director and the two leads. Cook, especially, has a role here that shows her to excellent advantage. Since her early "She's All That," this actress has not appeared in a hit film, even though she has made a number of movies that were worthwhile and has often chosen interesting, intelligent roles. Now, if she could just appear in a hit, instead of bomb after bomb, that struggling career might take off....

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