The Florida Project

The Florida Project

DVD - 2018
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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 Disney World.
"Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker's The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at "The Magic Castle," a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates--including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee's best friend--fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they've been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter." -- a24films.com
Language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Entertainment, [2018]
Copyright Date: Artwork & supplementary materials,, ©2018
Program content,, ©2017
ISBN: 9786317098510
6317098514
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama FLORIDA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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aberti00
Oct 12, 2018

This movie is heart wrenching while beautiful. I grew up in Florida and understand first hand why this movie was made there and the way it was made (and yes these do exist in Mickey's back yard and Florida is filled with poverty with only a thin venire so apply represented by a fancy mouse). If you have never tasted poverty or at least been haunted by its odor then I think this movie may be lost to you. However if your heart is open (and you open your eyes) you will see the beauty of humanity struggling upward despite the weight of the world upon its back. One word of caution, this move challenges ones illusions of self importance and entitlements of "success" while asking you to remember your own fragile humanity so easily forsaken in childhood in hopes of stimulating compassion and awareness.

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PDBurt
Oct 09, 2018

Repulsive movie. The children are NOT endearing. They are like untrained dogs which go around jumping & slobbering on people, chewing and tearing things up and the owners say, oh isn't she cute! Disgusting. There are no gaudy colored motels like this near Disneyland, get a grip... Sean Baker made William Defoe look like a protector and congenial fellow who everyone likes, a bit lame... The upstart actress Brai Vinaite, if ever hired again will show whether she can act the part of someone with class or brains instead of a natural at acting as a low life. There are no nice scenes, it's an ugly neighborhood. If there is one truth about what is portrayed in this movie it's that American civilization is on the decline and it's citizens are either uncivilized or accepting of a rotting society. Not worth watching.

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Ky68RasK
Sep 22, 2018

The children are endearing. The little girl will have a great career, I hope. She's quite the little actress. I definitely recommend this.

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Nooksack20
Sep 18, 2018

The daughter of a low-life lazy prostitute living close to Disney World is allowed to misbehave, steal, lie, and ignore rules. In the end, daughter is taken away from prostitute mother and the child runs into Disney World hand in hand with her best friend. Of course it takes almost two hours of boring dialogue for this to occur. Not recommended for any age.

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milirick
Sep 03, 2018

Type of movie that reveals more about the viewer. Depending on the lens you view this movie by either this is a movie that will disgust you because kids are swearing in it and are surrounded by low lifes or this is a profound revealing social comment on life at the fringes of the middle class. This movie is at times funny and at times predictable, but jarring.

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UtahNP
Aug 27, 2018

Gave up on this movie in the first 5 minutes. Who wants to see children shouting profanities from the start?

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wclsfolif
Aug 21, 2018

Well worth watching …
Gritty at times, but also carefree and comedic, this movie spotlights a very real problem that is not well-known or recognized in our society.
... but as one commenter said, “Watch it and make up your own mind.”
… and, as noted in another comment, to fully appreciate this movie it is critical to watch all the bonus materials in Special Features. If you are limited for time, at least watch the interviews with Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch (Cast & Crew Interviews).
I watched the bonus materials first (no spoilers) and as a result viewed the film in a different mindset than if I had not. Realistically portrayed, based on actual research, much of the movie is seen through a child’s eyes … some events so obvious to adults are unseen by a child and vice versa.
This film was well thought-out, as were its choice of actors. As Sean Baker said, the alchemy of “seasoned actors, first-timers and non-professionals” create a hybrid between narrative fiction film-making and documentary. It also gives the film a unique dynamic and authenticity – and supports local talent in the region.
Note: three websites that may be of interest AFTER watching the film (as they contain spoilers):
https://mashable.com/2018/01/29/the-florida-project-snub-womens-poverty/#APN_B2lPoaqh,
https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-florida-project-2017, and
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/florida-project-ending-director-sean-baker-explains-meaning-how-he-did-it-1047215.

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JILLYJELLY
Aug 21, 2018

*LOVED* this movie...riveting. And the ending...sigh. So many undercurrents and thought-provoking situations. Really good.

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PearlyKayAm1
Aug 19, 2018

Dismal, dreary depiction of all the stereotypes about poverty-stricken single mothers and their fatherless children. The main mother was particularly unlikable.

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misatim
Aug 12, 2018

This film is what rich people think about poor people. The story tries to make itself into a doc but it is very far from the truth. I was extremely disappointed

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Apr 06, 2018

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