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Stateside (2004)

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The film follows a rebellious teenager on leave from the Marines who falls in love with a female musician. The relationship is threatened when she develops a mental illness...

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Reverge Anselmo

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Reverge Anselmo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Dori Lawrence
Jonathan Tucker ... Mark Deloach
Agnes Bruckner ... Sue 'of the Dubervilles' Dubois
Val Kilmer ... Staff Sergeant Skeer
Joe Mantegna ... Gil Deloach
Carrie Fisher ... Mrs. Dubois
Diane Venora ... Mrs. Hengen
Ed Begley Jr. ... Father Concoff
Michael Godere ... Gregory Tripodi (as Michael Goduti)
Daniel Franzese ... Danny Tripodi
Zena Grey ... Gina Deloach
André Vippolis ... Dori's Agent, Ricky (as Andre Vippolis)
Paul Le Mat ... Dori's Internist
Bridget Barkan ... Francine
Billy Lush ... Nando
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Storyline

An adventurous romantic drama about a high-school rich kid serving in the Marine Corps to avoid jail, and a schizophrenic actress, whose career is crashing. Mark Deloach lands in the Marine Corps and meets Dori Lawrence before shipping out. Mark and Dori are a perfect match of misfits introduced by a friend, Sue Dubois, whose mother is suing Mark. Dori has left the bright lights of Hollywood to fix her life and mental illness, while at boot camp, Drill Instructor Skeer is on a mission not only to train Mark, but to make a man out of the rebellious teenager. The two outcast lovers, with more than a dose of humor, cling to their romance in spite of obstacles from authorities and circumstances which stand in their way. Written by Anonymous

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Love is a battlefield... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and underage drinking | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Batalha do Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,620, 23 May 2004

Gross USA:

$174,318

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,318
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Reverge Anselmo, Dori Lawrence was based on a real actress in the 1970's who did four movies - two of them big hits - before disappearing from the industry. On the DVD commentary, Anselmo reveals that the actress' brother plays the character of Silvio. The actor is David Holcomb leading many to believe that the actress is Sarah Holcomb of National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and Caddyshack (1980). Someone listed as "S.H." is thanked in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Nando: I'm a high pisser!
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Connections

References Platoon (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Road Back to Eden
Written by Bob Mair, Joel Wachbrit, and Jesse Turnbow
Courtesy of Black Toast Music
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Much better than the critics would have you believe
31 May 2004 | by jmc4769See all my reviews

This movie was in and out of Atlanta theaters in one week-what a shame! It doesn't deserve the short run and bad reviews. All I can say is, if you like romantic movies, try this one on DVD. Stateside has the kind of sweet story that the critics usually hate. It's refreshingly different from most romances. It avoids the typical formula. You know the one, where the girl and guy meet cute, fall in love during a musical interlude, break up, and get back together at the end, typically with the guy racing to the airport to catch the girl at the last minute before she boards her plane. Stateside reminded me of movies that I saw back in the sixties, like The Graduate. Of course, it isn't as good as The Graduate, but it has that kind of off-beat quality.

Some of the negative reviews focused on minor issues such as the slow start and continuity problems. Others complained that the dialog was too poetic, but to me that was a plus not a minus. Still others pointed out how unrealistic this kind romance would be in the real world. But haven't these people ever heard of "willing suspension of disbelief?" Besides, countless romantic stories have derived their drama from the fact that the guy and girl are so different from each other. And unlike most 'opposites attract' movies, Stateside doesn't shy away from showing how difficult it would be for these two to have any kind of long-term relationship.

These critics apparently missed the point of the movie. It is about a bittersweet romance that would never have happened if not for Dori's mental illness. Both Mark and Dori gave up something important in order to get something they desperately wanted. If Dori had not been mentally ill, she would have married some rock star or movie star. She had to give up that dream because now she is lucky to get any guy, much less a nice guy like Mark. Mark had to give up a lot, too. Before meeting Dori, he probably expected to fall in love with an average but mentally stable girl. He gave up that prospect in order to do something he would have previously thought impossible-have a relationship with a real pin-up girl.

Jonathan Tucker and Rachel Leigh Cook are outstanding as Mark and Dori, especially Cook. She plays such a sweet, innocent and guileless beauty that you have no trouble believing that Tucker's character could fall in love with her despite her mental illness. Cook strips away the veneer of civility and gamesmanship that we typically see in Hollywood romances. What she reveals is a very likable character.

By the way, the story is based on the director's own life. He was a rich kid who fell in love with a mentally ill actress. He did join the marines and was sent to Lebanon.

Stateside won't win any academy awards. It has its flaws, but it is an enjoyable movie with fine acting and appealing characters. I give it 7.5 out of 10.


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