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Sunshine State (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  12 July 2002 (USA)
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A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.

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Real estate developers descend upon a sleepy coastal Florida community with the promise of big money and bigger changes. Torn between honoring family obligations and the lure of quick cash, the locals greet the outsiders with a wildly mixed reception. Marly Temple is eager to give in and sell the family business to start over. As caretaker of her father's motel and restaurant, she's grown resentful of missed opportunities. However, she finds a glimmer of hope in a tentative romance with a visiting landscape architect. Desiree Perry left town years ago to escape a scandal and make a name for herself as an actress. Reluctantly returning home, she finds her strong-willed mother unwilling to let go of the past. Written by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, a sexual reference and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)

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$93,072 (USA) (21 June 2002)

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$3,064,356 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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The song "Skeeter Pie" in the closing credits was written as a backup if they had been unable to get rights to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song in the trailer park scene. See more »

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When the bulldozer is about to tear down the trees, there are tracks in the dirt from previous takes. See more »

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Marly Temple: Shit happens, you know. A lot of it happened to me.
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Referenced in Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) See more »

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In Florida Among the Palms
(1916)
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Irving Kaufman
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By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Excellent study of human nature
19 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of those movies which goes nowhere with elegance. It touches on all the basic concerns of humanity: love, race, age, parents, and real estate. More than that, it handles all of them with honesty and kindness.

This movie should be watched late at night when the mind no longer knows where it wants to go. You can let it drift over you like a soft summer breeze. Hopefully in that state you will accept the fact that there is really no graceful resolutions or summations in life, just a review of how we dealt with all the little things which seemed so large at the time. The selection of actors for the movie also reflects the tone. Many very good artists who are drawn from television rather than the box office are able to use this vehicle to show us what they are really capable of.


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