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  • Actors: Tim Henry, Breckin Meyer, Richard Blackburn, Anna Paquin, Joyce Krenz
  • Directors: Marshall Lewy
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010AN7YU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Vowing to move to Canada if John Kerry loses the 2004 election, fervent liberal John Logue (Breckin Meyer) suddenly finds himself with no job, no girlfriend... and no country! Making good on his "campaign promise," Logue finds a traveling companion--a sexy, mysterious woman named Chloe (Anna Paquin)--and heads north. But Chloe is not all that she seems, and their journey takes more twists and turns than either could have imagined in this romantic comedy that's as poignant as it is "disarmingly fun" (Martin Kelley, CinemATL).

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Blue State looks at just how far one young man will go to prove his point that the wrong candidate won the 2004 presidential elections. When John Kerry loses to George W. Bush, one of Kerry's campaign workers makes good on his promise to move to Canada if Bush is elected president. The disgruntled volunteer John (Breckin Meyer, Clueless) is a borderline slacker who most likely would've been too lazy to move anywhere if his friends didn't remind him about his promise. Then, too, there's the invitation from a Canadian dating service that promises him a bevy of women to date if he heads north. Heading to a different country is daunting (and can be expensive), so John finds someone willing to share the expenses of driving from California to Canada. Chloe (played by Anna Paquin, The Piano) is a lovely and somewhat mysterious young woman who challenges John's opinions and makes him think about why he believes what he believes. They bicker in the way that people do when they are attracted to each other. Chloe also has a few secrets of her own, some of which she hides behind ambivalence and a tiny bit of fear. Paquin, who also served as one of the film's executive producers, is particularly convincing in her role: Smart, sweet and cynical, she complements Meyer's endearing acting style. The filmmakers make no apologies for their political leanings; though this romantic comedy would like viewers to think about what is happening in U.S. politics, it doesn't bludgeon the point too often. Where the film falters occasionally is in the hefty dialogue between Chloe and John. Do people really talk like that? And if they do, shouldn't they stop for their own sake? --Jae-Ha Kim

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 16, 2008
Format: DVD
I am not exactly sure when it was decided that blue was for Democrats and red was for Republicans, but that sure is codified in the political consciousness of all Americans by this time in the history of the known universe. I think that once upon a time they used to switch back and forth on which party was which color from one presidential election to the next, but that might be just wishful retroactive thinking on my part. Of course, now we have potentially purple states that could be switching from one color to the next, so it is not like these colors are forever. Once upon a time I thought about creating bumper stickers that would say "Red State, Blue Heart" or "Blue State, Red Heart," but adding to the political disharmony of the nation just did not seem worth the profit.

John (Breckin Meyer) probably would have wanted a "Red Nation, Blue Heart" bumper sticker, because he is living in California (and "Blue State, Blue Heart" is just plain smug rather than a colorful act of defiance). John was campaigning full-time for the Kerry-Edwards ticket in the 2004 election, and during a moment of anticipatory euphoria (or in reaction to all the doors being slammed in his face by people voting for Bush-Cheney), John declares that he is so sure of a Democratic victory that if the Republicans actually won--he would move to Canada. In the aftermath of Bush's victory John is somewhat surprised to see that people really do expect him to head for the border. After all, the promise was taped and appeared on television, which, of course, somehow means he has to go. His disgust over the election, coupled with the lost of both his job and his girlfriend, soon convinces him there is nothing left for him in the U.S. Besides, he can write his "Donkey Revolution" blog just as easily in Canada.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Captain on December 4, 2008
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During the 2004 Presidential Election between John Kerry and George Bush there were many on the left that pledged that should George W. Bush get re-elected that they would in turn move to Canada. Though often times the comments were made somewhat tongue in cheek, there was a widespread ongoing belief that should George Bush be re-elected that Canada would see a large influx of angry American Democrats crossing into the land to our north.

In the movie Blue State, John Logue (Breckin Meyer) is a Democratic blogger who runs the political blog The Donkey Revolution. Like many good Democrats, Logue decides that he would invest his life in the 2004 campaign and work tirelessly toward the goal of getting John Kerry elected President. One night while he was celebrating some of the party's recent upswing, Logue makes an impassioned statement that should John Kerry not win he would move to Canada. Of course, the local television crew was present for the statement and ran Logue's declaration on the nightly news.

So as we all know, Kerry was indeed not elected and Bush waltzed his way into a second term in the White House. Though Logue's comment back at the time might have seemed like nothing more than a half-hearted plea to drum up additional support for Kerry, when one of Logue's friends calls him on it, Logue decides that maybe the right thing to do is in fact to really move to Canada.

Logue posts in his local coffee house of choice a flyer seeking a companion to make the voyage to Canada with. Located in California, Logue could certainly use someone that could both split the costs and the driving time. Through a series of interviews he is quickly able to weed out some of those that truly would not make the cut. But then walks in Chloe Hamon (Anna Paquin).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on June 20, 2010
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This was a great romantic comedy about what really matters in life: love, family and relationships. Breckin Meyer plays a political blogger who was so caught up into politics he forgot to live his life, losing his girlfriend and a relationship with his parents. He vows to move to Canada if Bush is re-elected. Anna Paquin is a tag along with her own issues and a twist.

Politics is simply a backdrop. This movie is not for everyone, but for this old hippie, it hits the spot.
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By robinT on September 11, 2010
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Political activism is rife with ignorance and it was never more evident than in this movie and that's not necessarily a referendum of the left more than the right. There were plenty who declared they would leave the country if Obama was elected just like those that made the same foreboding remarks if the George W. Bush administration were to be re-elected. As far as I know, though, Alec Baldwin remained alive and well somewhere in New York City growing fatter and more dysfunctional by the day.

At least Breckin Meyer's character, John, does make good on his "threat" to move to Canada if GWB is re-elected and well, we all know the outcome of the 2004 election, so now John must put his money where his mouth is or risk being just another superficial malcontent.

After he gets his comeuppance at the hands of passive Canadians and a mysterious girl named Chloe, he realizes that to affect change you have to get involved in the process instead of run away.
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Under the veneer, this is an old fashioned road picture, replete with numerous encounters with wacky people en-route: reactionary parents, funny border guards, burned out draft dodgers and crazed Canadians bent on marrying Americans. The plot is based on a clever idea: what if someone actually did move to Canada in 2004 after Bush won the election? Many threatened to do so. How many really did? The romance between the left-wing blogger and the blue-hair dyed girl does begin to have some heat after awhile. For an indie, this is quite comfy watching.
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