Adapted by Ethan Hawke from his novel of the same name, THE HOTTEST STATE explores the joy, pain, erotic highs, and emotional lows of first love. William (Mark Webber) is a modern-day Romeo, a young actor so in love with the idea of love that he recklessly leaps into a romance. The object of his affection is Sara (Catalina Sandino Moreno), an aspiring singer who is more cautious and down-to-earth in her approach to relationships.
With great wit, charm, and insight, Hawke, who also serves as director of the film, chronicles his appealing young hero's
quest to find a woman who loves him as much as he loves her, a pursuit destined to lead straight to heartbreak. Joining Webber and Sandino Moreno in an impressive ensemble cast are Laura Linney and Ethan Hawke, who play William's parents, Michelle Williams, and Sonia Braga. THE HOTTEST STATE also features music by awarding-winning composer Jesse Harris, who has created a score that expresses all the magic - and the mysteries - of the human heart.