The Hottest State

Synopsis: A young actor from Texas tries to make it in New York while struggling in his relationship with a beautiful singer/songwriter.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Ethan Hawke
Production: ThinkFilm
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

[Music plays]


Here's how the story was told to me.

I always say

I got things wrong

I waited here

a little too long

[Low conversation]

Hey, hey. What y'all doing?

Say Jesse, how 'bout you talk

Danielle out of being mad at me?

And both of y'all hop in the car

with me and Vince here.

And we can all take

a spin into Dallas?

We got school tomorrow, stupid.

Oh come on, Jesse.

We'll be back before anybody

gets in any real trouble.

Y'all know Vince?

This here is Vince Hardin.

Vince this is Jesse

and that one's Dan.

Dan's a little mad

at me right now.

I'm not mad at you,

John Jaegerman.

I'm just bored with you.


Jesse will you tell Dan

that she's the only girl

I'll ever love.


Jesse will you tell John

to please think about that

the next time

he decides to steal a car?


They didn't even press any charges.

They knew I was just

goofing around.

What about you,

Mr. Vince?

Do you talk?

I know a joke.


Well let's hear it.


There's these two monks, alright?

There's like

a regular monk guy.


My mother didn't need to hear the joke.

She was already

dead bull's eye in love.

She listened to the sound

of his voice,

thinking what a good father

he'd make.

And the guy says

"Well, I'm not into fish

but I sure am going to love

working with you fuckin' guys.

Come on, Dan,

let's go to Dallas.

Now I'm stuck here -

looking by

Where I lost a friend


It's a nice car.


It's just a 'Cuda.

Oh, I have lost my head

Way back

when the world was young

Long before

this song was sung


Three weeks later,

I was conceived

in the back of that Plymouth.

I was thinkin' a lot

about that story.

I wondered if sex

was easier in Texas

than it was in New York.


[Plucking at guitar]

I wondered how my father

a talked to my mother.

I wondered how

other men in general

behaved when they were

alone with women.

No matter

how long it takes

One day

the dam will break

One day

the tears will fall

Just by the waterfall

[Guitar music]

"My heart is gold,

what will you give me for it?"

[Guitar music]

No matter

how long it takes

[Background conversation]

Sarah doesn't think men

have vaginas.

Yeah, well,

I agree with her.


I said, I don't have a vagina.

Yeah, you do.

Hi, I'm William.

I'm an actor.

So I'm totally full of shit.

Don't believe a word I say.

I just figured I should

tell you that right off the bat

so you don't

get disappointed later.

Have you ever seen

'Star Trek'?

The original one?

Well, I'm kind of like

Spock in that episode

where he tells the replicants

that everything he says is a lie.

And they go, "If everything

you say is a lie,

then you're lying now,

which means you're telling the truth,

which means you're lying. "

And then smoke

comes out of their ears.

and they malfunction,

and he gets to escape.

See, you just

seem a little stiff to me,

and I'm trying to make sure

you're not a replicant.

Do you speak English?


Good. I was worried you

didn't understand a word I said.

Don't worry;

you're not that complicated.

- What?

- You're not that complicated.


Are you nervous?

No, I'm not nervous.

Why would I be nervous?

Okay, I'm nervous all the time.

I don't know why.

Me too.

One day,

the dam will break.


So, you're really an actor?



I've got an audition for the movie

version of Camino Real tomorrow.

You ever read that play?


- Tennessee Williams.

- No.

Me neither.

My lines are good, though.

I read them.

Well, don't you have to read

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Ethan Hawke

Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an American actor, writer, and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed three feature films, three Off-Broadway plays, and a documentary, and written three novels. He made his film debut with the 1985 science fiction feature Explorers, before making a breakthrough appearance in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society. He then appeared in various films before taking a role in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites, for which he received critical praise. In 1995, Hawke starred in Richard Linklater's romantic drama film Before Sunrise, and later in its sequels Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013), all of which met with critical acclaim. Hawke has been twice nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; his writing contributions to Before Sunset and Before Midnight were recognized, as were his performances in Training Day (2001) and Boyhood (2014). Hawke was further honored with SAG Award nominations for both films, as well as BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for the latter. His other films include the science fiction drama Gattaca (1997), the contemporary adaptation of Hamlet (2000), the action thriller Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), the crime drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), the horror film Sinister (2012), and the Paul Schrader-helmed First Reformed (2017). In addition to his film work, Hawke has appeared in many theater productions. He made his Broadway debut in 1992 in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2007 for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia. In 2010, Hawke directed Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play. more…

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