Choosing Lust Over Responsibility
Release Date: May 21, 2004
Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Rachael Leigh
Cook, Joe Mantegna, Val
Kilmer, Ed Begley Jr., and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: R for language, some
sexuality/nudity, and underage
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Reverge Anselmo
Robert Greenhut and Bonnie
Producer: Robert Greenhut and Bonnie
PRODUCERS: Selina Jayne and
Writer: Reverge Anselmo
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The young Mark is played earnestly and effectively by Jonathan Tucker. He is the brightest spot in an otherwise dreary movie. Mark is maddening, however, in his single-mindedness. He runs away from the Marine installation each weekend to see Dori. He disregards his training and responsibilities, in addition to her mental health and the treatment she is receiving, just so they can spend time together – time which is mostly spent fornicating. Eventually he proposes, so he does have some honorable intentions, but sneaking a schizophrenic patient out of a mental hospital so that he can seduce her is questionable behavior, at the very best.
STATESIDE is needlessly convoluted when the story is somewhat simple. It wears a soap opera aesthetic on its sleeve, which is borne out in the overcooked acting and plot turns. STATESIDE also suffers from inattention to production values, as it is officially set in 1980 but alternately seems to take place in 1945, 1965, and 1999. The editing is clumsy and sometimes inexplicable, as if the editor was intoxicated.
STATESIDE is inappropriate for teenage audiences, because of its extremely casual attitudes toward alcohol and sex, but it’s doubtful that many people have heard of this movie or will want to see it. A clumsy piece of melodrama, even the least sophisticated viewer would roll their eyes at STATESIDE.
STATESIDE is needlessly convoluted when the story is simple. It wears a soap opera aesthetic on its sleeve, which is borne out in the overcooked acting and plot turns. STATESIDE also suffers from inattention to production values, as it is set in 1980 but sometimes looks like 1965 or 1999. Extremely casual attitudes toward alcohol and sex make it inappropriate for teenagers, but it’s doubtful that many people have heard of this movie or will want to see it. A clumsy piece of melodrama, even the least sophisticated viewer would roll his eyes at STATESIDE.