States is the first movie from writer/director Zach Gayne. It’s a “transient road film featuring an array of young drifters wandering throughout the U.S. with varying degrees of purpose, or lack-thereof.”
Obviously, many are going to compare it to Linklater’s Slacker, which is probably the closest film I can think of that captures what this is all about. The press materials refer to it as “an outsider’s love letter to America and the searchers of its endless highways.”
Alex Esso, who was the lead character Sarah in Starry Eyes and will play Wendy Torrence in the upcoming sequel to The Shining, Dr. Sleep, stars. From a trip through the homes of the stars in Hollywood gone wrong to a religious trip in the desert and an Uber driver taken in by an actress, the intertwined tales of this film are all off the beaten path. Your capacity to enjoy them will depend on your ability to enjoy conversations that often meander.
States is playing in theaters now in limited release.
DISCLAIMER: We were sent this movie by its PR team, but that has no bearing on our review.