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Sunshine State (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 July 2002 (UK)
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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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£25,888 (UK) (26 July 2002)

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$3,064,356 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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On shooting location, a road was being blocked and a couple of patrons could not get to a bar across the street until the crew was done shooting that particular scene. While in the middle of filming a scene, one man furious with waiting runs across the scene and moons the camera, eventually making it to the bar safely. See more »

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sorry to be in a minority folks but i thought this was a complete bore!
16 August 2002 | by (manchester, england) – See all my reviews

this is the kind of film you hear critics saying what a wonderful effort from john sayles; a maverick fimmaker who constantly strives to make films away from mainstream hollywood and then like your humble narrator you get to see it during it's limited u.k. cinema release. you then hope you leave the flea pit afterwards saying 'brilliant', 'marvellous' and 'decidedly delightful' when you really think it's 'boring', 'overlong' and 'self indulgent'. that's not to say john sayles is a mediocre talent. 'lone star' and 'passion fish' are very good examples of his craft but i nearly fell asleep with me eyes open watching this load of cobblers and half the time i found meself struggling to keep up with anything the actors were saying. the story seemed feeble and uninvolving; something about property developers trying to muscle into a florida community with a medley group of characters meeting other characters who in turn all have their own agenda. how bland and unexciting!


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