Movie Review: “State of Play”

OVERALL: Oh but this is a good movie. Good investigative journalism, political intrigue, characters of diverse size, color, age, and gender all interacting equally together. Plus it frowns on military contractors and I have to say I would prefer our battles were fought by our citizen soldiers – or not at all.

POINTS: Oooo a well made movie with great acting and hooray! – journalists are the heroes! I get really tired of journalists being villains in movies as I am a huge supporter of a free press. Huzzah to the reporters! Plus plot twists. I dare you to figure it all out.

PITFALLS: Hmmmmm….. I’ll let you know.

FEMALE CHARACTER(S): Oh Schweet!!!!! First we have our heroine Della Frye played by Rachel McAdams – and  HOOORAY!!! She is not here to be the cute girl or sex object or humorous bumbling character, she is a reporter!!! She is a full-bodied flesh and blood reporter. The fact that she is a woman is well, who cares. Awesome! Plus McAdams does a great job. I”m so glad she got a role where she could just act and not have to be a typical “female” characters.

Now we move on to HELEN MIRREN!!! OMG I love Helen Mirren so much. She rocks as editor Cameron Lynne. She can hold her own with anyone on screen and she and Crowe and McAdams have great chemistry together.

Although Robin Wright is given the role of the long-suffering wronged wife, she elicits more sympathy from me than usually is the case.

CULTURAL PITFALL(S): It would be nice of we could do without the “powerful male sleeps with young woman intern” nonsense. I could do without that.


1.)  * [SPOILER ALERT] * I LOVE the scene between Russell Crowe and McAdams where his character, Cal McAffrey the seasoned reporter, honors McAdams character with a necklace of pens. He tells her he does not see a girl when he looks at her, he sees a reporter. So darn cool. 🙂  We need more instances where men and women are colleagues and friends. * END [SPOILER ALERT] *

2.) Helen Mirren swearing. Look, I know that is silly but when someone as classy and cultured as Helen Mirren swears it is from the gut and is pure genius.

BECHDEL TEST (Website): 3 of 3. Whoo hoo!!! I knew I loved this movie.

RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): I would guess 1 of 3. There are a few named PoC characters and they all are interesting to watch.

IMDB: State of Play (2009)

WIKIPEDIA WEBSITE:  State of Play (film)

DVD/BLU-RAY WORTHY: Yup. I own it and I am glad.

LION PAW PRINTS:  4 of 5. Yeah this movie really hooks me and enjoy watching it over again. Reminds me of All the President’s Men – now that’s a compliment!

State of Play movie poster

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