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The Hottest State (2007) If the words "based on a semiautobiographical first novel" don't send chills up your spine, how about "adapted for the screen and directed by the… 2007-08-24 R PT117M Drama Catalina Sandino Moreno Mark Webber Ethan Hawke Laura Linney THINKFilm
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The Hottest State (2007)

MPAA Rating: R

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'STATE' OF DISARRAY Mark Webber and Catalina Sandino Moreno star in Ethan Hawke's misguided mopefest
Image credit: Macall B. Polay
'STATE' OF DISARRAY Mark Webber and Catalina Sandino Moreno star in Ethan Hawke's misguided mopefest
EW's GRADE
F

Details Limited Release: Aug 24, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 117 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Catalina Sandino Moreno and Mark Webber; Distributor: THINKFilm

If the words ''based on a semiautobiographical first novel'' don't send chills up your spine, how about ''adapted for the screen and directed by the author''? Whatever you're imagining — self-serving self-awareness; unedited hipster mopes; yammering dear-diary script — The Hottest State, Ethan Hawke's bathetic tale of a good-looking young actor's first heartbreak, is far worse. Everything about the Hawke avatar William (Mark Webber) is utterly jejune and generic, including his issues with Daddy (Hawke himself, completing the film's journey up its own keister).

Originally posted Aug 29, 2007 Published in issue #952 Sep 07, 2007 Order article reprints