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We were deprived of The State, so make sure you catch this!
on 18 February 2004
Years ago comedy sketch show 'The Kids in The Hall' was shown over here on the BBC. Well, imagine that, only better, and you'd imagine The State which was shown on MTV in the US in the early 90's.
Many of the original 12 members of that comedy pantheon appear in this movie, and it was written and directed by members too, with some additional great performances from the likes of David Hyde-Pierce (Niles from 'Frasier') who does a spectacular comic turn that is a million miles from the Niles we know and love.
Set in a Summer Camp in the 1980's, it focuses on the camp counsellors and their charges trying to organise a last day of fun and frolics before the kids go home. But with the counsellors barely older than the kids, and their minds on each other rather than the welfare of their campers, things soon start to go very wrong...
Expect blatancy in every form; bad language, bad fashion and bad taste. But don't expect a bad movie. If you can keep an open mind about gay weddings and talking tin cans you'll be in for a rare treat. It was never given a cinema release over here, but in the US has now achieved the kind of underground cult status reminiscent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show: midnight screenings, folks dressing up as the characters, cast members attending and prizes awarded for best costumes.
If at first you don't 'get' it, try watching again. If only for McKinley's red satin shorts!