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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 6-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.

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Halley lives with her six year old daughter Moonee in a budget motel along one of the commercial strips catering to the 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 like her... Written by Huggo

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

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$157,553, 8 October 2017, Limited Release

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$5,075,737, 14 December 2017
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In a 2017 BBC radio interview, the director clarified that the film's garish motel settings are genuine motels. They continued operating as working businesses during filming, and some real-life residents and staff are seen in the film. See more »

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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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A bit ham-fisted, but Dafoe shines
13 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

I've seen the face of poverty in America, and it has the face of Willem Dafoe. Whether it's Antichrist or The Florida Project, there's a real lack of economic status to be found between the deep crevices on Willem's mug.

Perfect, I suppose, for a movie about what it's like to be a poor child or poor single mother in the Greater Orlando Area. Is it ironic they live in the decrepit Magic Castle Motel, so painfully within running distance of an actually Magic Castle at Disney World?

The poor kids don't know they're poor until they see what rich people eat or golf towards. They're adorable and cute, they go on adventures without iPods or iPads or Nintento Switches, they make mistakes, and they make friends. The meaning of innocence lost is lost until the final scene which inappropriately adds a robust score as we escape, too, into the world that is outside the theater doors, only to realize we haven't been to Disney World for some time, and we still have a few days of use-it-or-lose it PTO before EOY.

It's hard not to think of poorer children, possibly a billion or so more, crawling around trash heaps in Brazil or India or Africa. Is the message that America has lost its way and we have our own poverty problems? Or is the message that it's actually not so bad here, because we have clean water and toilets what flush it?

Or should we simply take solace that we will always have a Willem Dafoe to stare into while we wish for a less unjust economic system?


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