Dean Craig has a thing for death and dark comedy. The writer behind Frank Oz death at a funeral (2007), and Neil Laute’s 2010 remake, gets behind the camera to The state.
When sisters/business partners Macey (Toni Collette) and Savanna (Anna Faris) learn that their miserable Aunt Hilda (Kathleen Turner) is dying of cancer, they decide getting on her good side might be their last chance to inherit. his fortune and saving his coffee which will soon be bankrupt. Unfortunately, they aren’t the only members of her family who decide that caring for Hilda in her final days could bring them a windfall.
Arriving at Hilda’s estate, the sisters realize that their epiphany may have come too late, as it seems their cousins have been doing a better job of keeping up with their supposed benefit. There’s Beatrice (Rosemarie DeWitt), who admits that Hilda “thinks the sun comes out of my butt,” and Richard aka Dick (David Duchovny), whose idea of flattery includes telling his dying aunt that “if I wasn’t your nephew, I would be too happy to be inside you.” Which gives Macey and Savanna a darkly hilarious idea on how to outmaneuver their cousins.
Craig writes and directs the black comedy, also starring Ron Livingston and Keyla Monterroso Mejía, who practically stole season 11 of control your enthusiasm as an aspiring (terrible) actress Maria Sofia.
The state hits theaters November 4, 2022.