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The Florida Project (2017)

R | | Drama | 10 November 2017 (UK)
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Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooklynn Prince ... Moonee (as Brooklynn Kimberly Prince)
Christopher Rivera ... Scooty
Aiden Malik ... Dicky
Josie Olivo Josie Olivo ... Grandma Stacy
Valeria Cotto ... Jancey
Edward Pagan Edward Pagan ... Dicky's Dad (as Edward 'Punky' Pagan)
Bria Vinaite ... Halley
Patti Wiley Patti Wiley ... Amber
Jasineia Ramos Jasineia Ramos ... Luci
Willem Dafoe ... Bobby
Rosa Medina Perez Rosa Medina Perez ... Bertha
Mela Murder ... Ashley
Krystal Nicole Watts ... Case Worker (as Krystal Gordon)
Bronwyn Valley Bronwyn Valley ... Twistee Treat Girl
Kelly Fitzgerald Kelly Fitzgerald ... Twistee Treat Girl's Mom
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Storyline

Halley lives with her six year old daughter Moonee in a budget motel along one of the commercial strips catering to the Walt Disney World tourist clientele outside Orlando, Florida. Halley, who survives largely on welfare, has little respect for people, especially those who cross her, it an attitude that she has passed down to Moonee, who curses and gives the finger like her mother. Although the motel's policy is not to allow long term rentals, Bobby, the motel manager, has made arrangements for people like Halley to live there while not undermining the policy as he realizes that many such tenants have no place to go otherwise. Halley, Moonee and Moonee's friends, who live in the motel or others like it along the strip and who she often drags into her disruptive pranks, are often the bane of Bobby's existence, but while dealing with whatever problem arises, Bobby has a soft spot especially for the children and thus, by association, their parents, as he knows that Moonee and others ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

10 November 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Florida Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$157,553, 8 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,904,366, 22 March 2018
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39:1
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Trivia

The rainbow that appears at one point over the Magic Castle was originally going to be CGI. Then, as an actual rainbow showed up, the film crew spontaneously decided to shoot the real rainbow, partly due to budget considerations: "We were like, if we shot that, we'd save the production 50 grand", so Baker. See more »

Goofs

When the woman is sunbathing topless, the sun goes from being overhead to in front of her. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: It's only the second week of summer and there's already been a dead fish in the pool.
Moonee: We were performing a science experiment: we were trying to get it back alive.
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"This film is not authorized, sponsored, endorsed, produced, or distributed by, or in any way officially associated with the Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates." See more »

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DaFoe is utterly brilliant but the film leaves much to be desired.
14 September 2017 | by trublu215See all my reviews

The Florida Project is the third feature film from writer-director Sean Baker and, while being an improvement over Tangerine and Starlet, The Florida Project is still missing the heart it needs to be an everlasting and impactful film. From his cinematic conception, Baker has had a knack for showing very dingy lifestyles bursting with a color palate that would make George Miller weep. But underneath the colorful array that he includes is a superficial mess of a film. One that thinks it is smarter and more heartfelt than it really is.

Telling the story of a young girl living in a by-the-hour motel ran by a seedy motel manager (Willem DaFoe) with a heart of gold and having a drug abusing, prostitute mother doesn't exactly translate to feel good. The young girl decides to let her imagination take wind and shield her from the harsh realities of life. While this sounds like it should hit hard, it doesn't. Not even a little bit. The problem that Sean Baker has in all of his films is his characters. All of them are begging for sympathy when sympathy is the last thing they deserve. While I think the young girl, Moonee, deserves our sympathies, no one else does. Every one in this film has gotten themselves here by their own doing and Baker tries desperately to make us feel for them. It may work on some audiences but it was wasted on me.

Overall, this feels like a cheap grindhouse drama that really doesn't do any favors to the actors. The cinematography in the film is top notch and definitely shows that Baker has a visual eye but, as with his previous 2 films, the story is severely lacking. While I definitely think Baker has talent, it doesn't lie within his original stories. For those of you who enjoyed Baker's Tangerine or Starlet, give this a shot. Anyone else, you might want to skip it.


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