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Blue State
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03.17.2008 By: Sturdy
Blue State order
Director:
Marshall Lewy

Actors:
Breckin Meyer
Anna Paquin
Adriana O’Neil

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man distraught with the outcome of the ’04 Presidential election decides to move to Canada to escape the political state of America. After posting an ad for a carpool, he meets a beautiful stranger that shows him there’s more to life than politics.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
BLUE STATE is a movie that I really wanted to like. I was excited about the idea of weaving anti-political sentiments through a story of a man leaving his home country. This film had a lot of potential, but the lofty task of balancing politics and a love story proved too much for the filmmakers.

I started out pleased with the film for doing a fine job of giving the main character’s political views without sounding preachy. He really was just a guy who didn’t want Bush reelected and couldn’t understand why anyone would vote for him. This is a sentiment I’m sure many Americans can relate to. After the initial success, the movie gets into troubled waters once he and the girl actually make it into Canada. This happens almost exactly at the halfway point and that’s where the movie takes a drastic turn for the worse.

Once in Canada, he meets up with the “Marry a Canadian” group. That’s where they lose focus and the movie becomes something else. Other characters pop up and they distract from the political message and good-hearted love story that we were hoping to see. This is really the point where we could have used more interaction between the two leads and together they could discover that what they are doing is wrong. The moral of the film is that it’s ok to not like your situation, but it’s not ok to run from it. I think the filmmakers could have done a much better job of letting the main characters figure that out on their own.

I liked half the film, but the other half was bad enough to ruin the entire movie. It’s hard enough to put political views in a film, but it gets even harder when you try to juggle it with a love story. So when they added the “Marry a Canadian” element into it, the whole thing crumbled around them. In the end, the movie meant well, but couldn’t accomplish what it set out to do.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Marshall Lewy: Marshall jumps right into the commentary and gives a lot of information right off the bat. Despite a few pauses, he keeps the commentary rolling and shockingly, he’s not the biggest fan of George Bush but he manages to stay focused on the film. I think Marshall has some talent and I look forward to his next film.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The film put forth a good effort, but ultimately fell short of what it wanted. I didn’t mind the politics and the love story, I just didn’t like everything else. If you’re dying for a political film, then maybe this one will do the trick.
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