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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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12 July 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The restaurant that Reggie Perry and Desiree Stokes Perry stop at to get directions at is at an actual motel in Yulee, Florida. The beach store that is supposedly across the street is actually several miles away on Ameila Island. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film when Francine is talking with one of the developers, they pass a sign in the foreground that says "Amelia Island", the filming location, instead of the film's fictional location, Plantation Island. See more »

Quotes

Marly Temple: Shots. Tequila. I figure, you're gonna drink, why fuck around?
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Referenced in Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) See more »

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Written by Kostas Lazarides, Jim Lauderdale
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This film tries to handle too many situations
20 October 2002 | by (Wilmington, Delaware) – See all my reviews

This could have been a great film. It could have been a great character study. Instead it tries to handle too many characters and subplots and not really delving into any one too deeply. In the end I really didn't care about any of the characters because I didn't really know any of them that well.

The writing was good. It would have been better to write about just a few of the characters rather than to try and write about the entire population of Florida.

Production values were excellant.

Most of the actors were good.

Bottom line: Only go to see this movie if you don't have anything else planned.


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