State and Main ★★★★

This is a smart, funny, and entertaining satire, written and directed by David Mamet, about a chaotic movie production where few things go as planned. The actors (William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Stiles, Clark Gregg, David Paymer) are dedicated and give spot-on performances, hitting just the right notes for the material. Be sure to pay attention to the clever dialogue (this is, after all, a Mamet film) and everything that happens on screen, including the end credits, to get the most out of the film. "State and Main" is insightful and probably closer to reality than one might think.