Starring Breckin Meyer, Anna Paquin, Tim Henry, Richard Blackburn, Joyce Krenz
Written By: Marshall Lewy
Directed By: Marshall Lewy
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I never even heard of this movie until it was sent to me for review. I figured since I was in a political state of mind with the Primaries I’d check out this Indie romance comedy. After seeing it, I’m not sure I should have watched it. It’s not bad or anything, just kind of boring to me.
Blue State takes place in 2004 and is about ultra liberal John Logue, played by Breckin Meyer. Before the election, he decides to work for the Kerry campaign and try to sway voters onto the Liberal side. While feeling awfully confident that John Kerry would win, John declares that if Bush wins the election; he will move to Canada and won’t look back. Next day comes, and he’s in shock..FUCKING BUSH WON! He now has no job, no girlfriend and nothing that is keeping him here so he decides to take himself up on that vow. He tries to find someone else to go along with him to the journey up north, but so far the selection of people hasn’t been pretty. Then a mysterious, quiet girl named Chloe (played by Anna Paquin) hits it off with him and he decides to take her along to Canada. The two embark up the west coast into Canada, but there is something fishy going on with her and she doesn’t seem to be the girl he envisioned to be.
I thought this movie would be funny considering if it was being described as a comedy, but it just wasn’t to me. I don’t think I laughed once. I would describe it more like a political romance drama, if that sub-genre exists. The story was really slow and bored me to tears. I just didn’t care about these characters at all. It had nothing to do with the acting, but maybe the way it was written. I know many people felt like moving to Canada after the election, I even said it myself at one point. But this premise of this movie seems like something a college student wrote up for his Indie art class film the day after the election. Maybe I’m being too harsh on the film, I don’t know. Plus, this movie gets too heavy on the political debates. I seriously hate political debates with people because it’s like arguing at a brick wall and everyone thinks they know what they are talking about. It’s like, just shut the hell up and everyone keep their opinions to themselves. I find politics intriguing sometimes but then I realize I can’t stand it because it turns everyone into assholes.
Maybe some people will find people arguing about world issues and politics interesting but I didn’t. I realized about 15 minutes into this that I just didn’t want to sit through this film. But I did anyway for some reason. I think this movie might have been a little bit better if it was immediately released after the election, but almost 4 years later and it seems quite outdated already.
Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Marshall Lewy
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Favorite Scenes: Didn’t have any.
Running Time: 99 minutes