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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Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Terra do Sol  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,064,356 (USA) (15 November 2002)

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John Sayles:  almost gets hit by the golf ball in the closing scene. See more »


During the conversation between Desiree and her mother on the beach, the door to the house is suddenly closed, though there is no evidence of anyone having closed it and it makes no sound. See more »


Steve Tregaskis: [Dressed as a Civil War re-enactor] You can't live in the past.
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Another precise picture of Americana by one the our best screenwriters.
17 April 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

This view of community and change in a small Florida beach community is another incisive look at American standards by a broadminded, experienced filmmaker. It's as solid an ensemble piece as one could want, with enough humor, insight and local color to be another enlightening look at American values by an expert chronicler of such things. The many reviewers who seem to find it tedious should probably re-analyze it as an allegory of the average American experience. Another exemplary work by John Sayles.

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