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The Hottest State

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  • Rating: R — for sexual content and language
  • Director: Ethan Hawke   Cast: Mark Webber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Michelle Williams, Josh Zuckerman, Sonia Braga
  • Running Time: 117 minutes
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Release Date

Aug 24, 2007

Release Notes



Unbowed by cruel reviews of his novel, Ethan Hawke adapts it into a surprisingly moving film about a young singer (Catalina Sandino Moreno) who falls in and out of love with a whiny, obsessive actor (Mark Webber). The talky, earnest result clearly draws on Hawke’s experience with Richard Linklater—and, thankfully, it feels more sincere than calculated. Webber channels Hawke’s mannerisms and speech rhythms—but in a more successful manner than you might expect.

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