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      The 51st State

      R Released Oct 18, 2002 1h 32m Action Comedy List
      25% Tomatometer 102 Reviews 59% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings "The 51st State" is the story of Elmo McElroy (Samuel L. Jackson), a streetwise American master chemist, who heads to England to set up his last big deal -- to introduce a new designer drug to the European market. McElroy soon becomes embroiled in a web of double-dealing as he's escorted around Liverpool's underworld and rave scene by rabid local hood Felix De Souza (Robert Carlyle), who hates all things American. Read More Read Less

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      Filled with profanities, Formula 51 is a stylized and incoherent mess that doesn't add up to much.

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      Nell Minow Common Sense Media Missing: plot, dialogue, characters. Rated: 2/5 Dec 24, 2010 Full Review Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Scott Von Doviak Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com Excessive, profane, packed with cartoonish violence and comic-strip characters. Jan 2, 2003 Full Review Joel Siegel Good Morning America It's an English movie, with a Hong Kong director, starring Samuel L. Jackson in a kilt. That alone is a surefire formula for just plain fun at the movies. Rated: B Jan 4, 2018 Full Review Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com Overdirected, overacted, generally overwrought mess. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 2, 2009 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 2/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Faye B Hilarious film that really captures Liverpool- and i live there!! Love the banter about british slang and that they used the proper accents Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/06/23 Full Review Bryan Great movie. Hilarious. Anyone who doesn't like this is just plain wrong. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/31/22 Full Review Audience Member Watchable...rhys ifans in particular plays a great character...but struggled with a weak plot Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This wasn't a great movie but I had fun with the quirky characters and am usually a fan of blending a comedic tone with an action or suspense story. Emily Mortimer is someone I typically like and this was a different character for her, while Rhys Ifans had a really fun supporting role. I almost gave this 3* towards the end as I was dying during the final scene with Meat Loaf, executing a solid Co-stan-za, and leaving on a really high note. 5.5/10 Samuel L. Jackson Binge: Jackson probably had the most interesting character, inexplicably wearing a kilt and carrying a bag of golf clubs with him throughout the movie, which naturally became a humorous issue as his character was fleeing criminals and law enforcement for most of the film. SLJ January #68 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member I would have thought a film with Samuel L. Jackson set in the UK as a streetwise chemist would be a riot, but it wasn't I was thoroughly bored and tuned out most of it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Drug dealing chemist entrepreneur creates a new strain of narcotics. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis "The 51st State" is the story of Elmo McElroy (Samuel L. Jackson), a streetwise American master chemist, who heads to England to set up his last big deal -- to introduce a new designer drug to the European market. McElroy soon becomes embroiled in a web of double-dealing as he's escorted around Liverpool's underworld and rave scene by rabid local hood Felix De Souza (Robert Carlyle), who hates all things American.
      Director
      Ronnie Yu
      Producer
      Andras Hamori, Samuel L. Jackson, Seaton McLean, Jonathan Debin, David Pupkewitz, Malcolm Kohll
      Screenwriter
      Stel Pavlou
      Distributor
      Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., Screen Gems
      Production Co
      Alliance Atlantis Communications
      Rating
      R (Language|Drug Content|Some Sexuality|Strong Violence)
      Genre
      Action, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 18, 2002, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $5.2M
      Runtime
      1h 32m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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