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Stone of stumbling and rock of offense

The United States of Movies

Someone has taken a US map and named an appropriate movie for each state. Or rather, one movie set there that seemed reasonably typical. Or, in one desperate case, a film that mocks the dullness of the state.* In another desperate case, they assigned the same film to two states.**

They skipped Washington, DC, which is a pity: so many great films are set there, from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to All the President's Men. Puerto Rico and the other possessions and territories are also missing.

I recently saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- California's assigned movie -- for the first time, and I can see the appropriateness. But we're a big state, and plenty of other great and characteristically Californian films are set here. Movies that couldn't have happened anywhere else, like Chinatown or Milk. You could even do a Sean Penn California trilogy with Fast Times, Milk, and The Falcon and the SNowman all showing different aspects of this very diverse state. Then there's Monsters versus Aliens, which is as much about Modesto versus San Francisco as it is about anything else.

And there are so many other movies that embody the values, culture, history, or geography of a particular state, as well as being set there. Take a look at the list and come up with your own suggestions. And we may as well be international about it. What movies embody your whole nation? Or your region? Or both?

*"Delaware. We're in Delaware," Wayne's World.
** Both Wisconsin and North Dakota were assigned Jesus Camp.
States and Their Movies (in alphabetical order)

State Film Assigned
Alabama My Cousin Vinnie
Alaska Alone in the Wilderness
American Samoa NA
Arizona Raising Arizona
Arkansas True Grit
California Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Colorado Red Dawn
Connecticut The Ice Storm
Delaware Wayne's World
District of Columbia NA
Florida Scarface
Georgia Deliverance
Guam NA
Hawaii Tora! Tora! Tora!
Idaho Napoleon Dynamite
Illinois Blues Brothers
Indiana Hoosiers
Iowa Field of Dreams
Kansas The Wizard of Oz
Kentucky Kalifornia
Louisiana Southern Comfort
Maine The Shawshank Redemption
Maryland Pink Flamningos
Massachusetts The Departed
Michigan Robocop
Minnesota Fargo
Mississippi O Brother Where Art Thou?
Missouri Jesus Camp
Montana A River Runs Through It
Nebraska The Children of the Corn
Nevada Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
New Hampshire What about Bob?
New Jersey Clerks
New Mexico The Tao of Steve
New York Taxi Driver
North Carolina Bull Durham
North Dakota Jesus Camp (again)
Northern Marianas Islands NA
Ohio Gumbo
Oklahoma Twister
Oregon Goonies
Pennsylvania Groundhog Day
Puerto Rico NA
Rhode Island There's Something about Mary
South Carolina Glory
South Dakota Dances with Wolves
Tennessee The Evil Dead
Texas No Country for Old Men
Utah SLC Punk
Vermont Super Troopers
Virginia Remember the Titans
Virgin Islands NA
Washington First Blood (AKA the first Rambo movie)
West Virginia Rocket Boys
Wisconsin American Movie
Wyoming Brokeback Mountain
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