The Florida Project

The Florida Project

DVD - 2018
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MPAA rating: R.
Language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material.
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 Disney World.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Entertainment, [2018]
Copyright Date: Artwork & supplementary materials, ©2018
Program content, ©2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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anonymouswe
Jul 20, 2018

This was an engrossing film, but the enjoyment is a little undone by the use of mostly non-actors. There were some quality performances, but also moments in the film where the poor acting affected it. Overall, a really well told tale and very engrossing look at poor residents around Disneyland and what their lives are like. SPOILER ALERT - SPOILERS FOLLOW - it is heart breaking to see the difference between a woman (Ashley) working a job and doing what she can to escape the poor situation she sees herself in and the main character (Halley) who resorts to breaking rules, drugs and prostitution to try and provide for herself and her daughter all seemingly because she doesn't like going to a job daily, sticking to an employer's schedule and so forth. The film does a good job of not judging that behavior (which is deplorable) and simply showing it and the impact it has on her, her daughter and the people around them. The kids were outstanding in the film, if obviously "acting" in some scenes. But their humor and heartache added a lot of gravitas to the storytelling of this film.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 06, 2018

Set outside of Disney World in a poorer neighbourhood, six year old Moonee is doing her best to live her life to the fullest. Her mother, Halley, is a complete rebel in her own right who does her best to scam and work her way to pay week to week at “The Magic Castle” hotel where her and her daughter stay. The movie showcases their life over the course of the summer and the ups and downs of living the way that they do. This movie will question your morals and your belief in others, as well as your compassion. The casting was phenomenal and the imagery was astounding. I would rate this film 5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone who wants to see something new. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

vm510 Jul 05, 2018

This movie is not for everyone, but it was for me. It is *not* an uplifting depiction of childhood, poverty, or single motherhood. Parts are crude, depressing, and downright disappointing. But I felt compassion for these characters and their struggle. The setting of this movie also rang true to me as a Florida kid, even down to the incessant bugs you hear in the background. I loved these amateur actors and Dafoe does a great job too.

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strider643
Jul 05, 2018

One of the worst movies ever. My expectations were way too high based on the positive reviews on the jacket. Most unlikable kids ever and the mom she's real scary. And the ending which I won't give away was ludicrous and completely stupid. I like Defoe but he is basically sleepwalking through this dull, boring and tedious film. Thank god for the fast forward button. How did this film get such positive reviews is totally baffling to me!

Totally depressing, hopeless, and a waste of time. Poverty does not equate criminality, stupidity, child abuse, or unrelenting baseness. The ending was a cop out. This is the worst movie I've ever seen.
Alternate movie to watch: "I, Daniel Blake" (a Ken Loach film) - watch with subtitles ON.

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duane767
Jul 03, 2018

Fantastic and fascinating based more on how it was made and the work of the novice actresses, young and younger alike. It brings to light a culture within the US that I didn't even know existed oh so close to one of the most famous amusement parks in the world.

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lavasushi
Jun 24, 2018

What? I thought that was horrible. “slipped inside Monee’s fantasy.” “It's one of the most effective, honest portraits of childhood you'll ever see, and a touching, poignant snapshot of American life in 2017.” Snotty ass, unsupervised kids with no boundaries and single Mom’s that are struggling through life. Not everything has to be Ozzie and Harriett, but hardship and stupidity? Didn't care and couldn't connect with anyone. Willem Defoe seemed out of place.

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LynJoan
Jun 13, 2018

This is a tough one...
As many previous posts have outlined, it follows a young girl and her 'adventures'. It is hard to watch this and remain OK with society and the way in which we treat vulnerable families and children. The lack of tools that gets past down from generation to generation seems to remove the option of escaping the cycle of poverty and addiction. The film reflects this in its story arc (there is almost no arc)- they are going no where and the film sort of does that too- I think it is on purpose.
We knew that it was not a documentary, but it was filmed as though it were but without the direction of a documentary. It was so realistic that it seemed incomprehensible that it was not live action (reality). I was so surprised that my husband wanted to continue watching this film as normally I am the one who is more interested in 'art' or more experimental film such as indie film or foreign films.
After watching the ALL bonus materials (which I highly recommend) we gained a huge appreciation for it as art and social comment. This is not a block buster and probably only appreciated by those seeking and interested in developing a broader understanding of our world and those that we share it with.

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donny_b
Jun 11, 2018

There isn't really a "plot" to this movie as such, so don't expect one.
It's as if there is a hidden camera "capturing life" in a poverty situation one step
above homelessness in a motel right next to Disneyland in Florida.
Personally, I loved the kids, bratty as they were, and thought Willam Defoe was
great as the manager trying to run a tight ship........but with a heart.
The ending was a bit corny but the rest of it so good I could forgive that.
I loved the movie and will watch it again sometime.

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LawyerLady
Jun 07, 2018

Beautiful. poignant. depressing. are just a few adjectives to describe this film. Cast is almost all non-actors who did incredible work. The director does a great job of just letting the audience live in this sad world outside the "happiest place on Earth". It deserved all the awards love! rent it!

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Apr 06, 2018

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