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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 her life. As caretaker of her father's motel and cafe, she has 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 many 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 Susan C. Mitchell <susanm@indirect.com>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reunites three actors who appeared in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990): Clifton James, Mary Alice and Alan King. See more »


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


Marly Temple: The important thing is to keep that smile on your face, even when you're drowning.
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References Traffic (2000) See more »


Makin' Believe
Written by Jimmy Work
Performed by Kitty Wells
Courtesy of King Records
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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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