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The Florida Project

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Katya

A beautiful portrait of a mostly unseen portion of American life. The juxtaposition of optimism and joyful youth against a backdrop of a harsh situation illustrates the struggles faced by so many people. This shows so many vantage points of that community, the different parenting styles,
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Frank Sherman

Yes. YES. I was thinking the same thing about parenting "style.s" . Most of the parents I've known just fr*ck it up. And I've been around a long time. Younger people don't tend to understand that things ACTUALLY were simple back then. Wife, Kid, Job. That's all you needed

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Victor

The adults', and especially Dafoe's, work with children in this movie is genius. A beautiful metaphor for our troubled times that deeply honors childhood hope, wonder, bewilderment, confusion...for mature audiences only!

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Barbara

Astounding natural performance by these children, delightful to watch them as they find joy and friendship in surreal bleakness of Florida motel life; heartbreaking to realize these few years will likely be their happiest; their mischief the most innocent. And the last scene... the ...Read more

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BOBBY

Excellent film making. A wonderful Willem Dafoe. Child actors all good. But not the most pleasant of movies. Still well worth your viewing.

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Olivia

I remember reading a review for this film that referenced the final sequence that will 'break your heart in two'. Oh...days later, my heart is still aching. Such a beautiful film telling the story of delicate friendships, love and life which is so riveting, you can't tear your eyes from the ...Read more

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TARON

Very moving. It was so hard not to judge the characters in the movie. One bad decision after another. I certainly don't fault the "agents of the system." They have to do what they have to do. Very real story-telling. The ending surprised me, and it was very touching.

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Christine

I kept wondering what the point of the movie was. I finally decided it was just day-to-day depictions of these characters and their lives of survival. It was a sad commentary. Defoe Is the glue that holds it all together. He has a heart and compassion.

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Carolyn

Fantastic movie depicting how society alienates so many folks, while those with means, enjoy the indulgences of a fairy land nearby. And yet, the imagination and hope of a few children manages to scrappily survive. I was cheering.

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TARON

"Society alienates" so many folks? That seems to completely alleviate people of the consequences they incur due to their own CHOICES, doesn't it? It's hard to make ends meet, I'll be the first to agree. But a person compounds their problems when they turn to illicit activities. SPOILER ALERT: ...Read more

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I

maybe I just watched this film at the wrong time, but I couldn't get past the first half hour, just too depressing, FLA motel trash at its worst, even good acting by good actors couldn't make this worth my time.

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David

This story is about when children are made to be adults and the capacity of people to step up and play big roles in small communities when needed. This is a small gem of a film.

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cero

I know most people hate these slice-of-a-crappy-life movies but I love it. The pacing and tone remind me a lot of Gummo. I wonder if people would like these movies more if the filmmakers went out of their way to make an obvious moral statement? I'm glad they didn't, it would have made it feel ...Read more

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Frank Sherman

I didn't know about this when I first started watchign. Then the scene happens with the vending machine I was like. WHAT THE FR*CK

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B. Sadie

Terrible movie! It dragged on and on, just getting worse, dragging the viewer down a black hole with it - selfish unfit mother, her suck-y choices and unraveling life, and her brat kid running rogue, headed for the same life and bad choices. Good acting and cinematography, but dialogue and ...Read more

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Karen

Wheww...I totally agree with your review. I had read several reviews about this film in various online newspapers, everyone raving about what an excellent film. NOPE!! It was depressing as hell. The mother was a wreck. The kid was being groomed to follow in her footsteps or become a complete ...Read more

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Victor

I agree that it was trying, difficult movie. Still I can't help but think of the very real children and adults for whom this is only a shadow of their lived experience. We can change the channel, for them the movie is a social reality.

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Anna

Really loved how engaging the film is from the very start to the end. As a viewer, you are pulled to closely experience the lives of motel residents who are trying to survive week-by-week, all through the eyes of little young Moonee. If you liked THE FLORIDA PROJECT, you may also like the ...Read more

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Emma

This movie was a masterpiece in the making and then the last five minutes happened. Coulda been a Moonlight. Que lastima.

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Ryan

Terrible movie! It's established very early on that the mother is troubled but then nothing of value happens until the last 10 minutes of the film. Waste of time.

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Judith

Good

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Andres

Same ending as The 400 Blows. However, this film was great to watch.

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finch

Horrible!

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John

The incidental scene when Dafoe's character talks to cranes in the motel's reception drive is priceless. On previous comments about mother's fitness: not only are they arguably wrong - the movie is about the kids' choices re: freedom and gaps in oversight. It's a brilliant film. Dafoe is ...Read more

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Alan

Remarkable, naturalistic performances from the kids. Wonderful cinematography.

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John

Further evidence that prospective parents need to obtain a license before they are allowed to procreate.

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Nikola

so everyone who isn't fit should wear chastity belts?

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John

Good idea!

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Katie

We did that between 1907 and 1963 to 64,000 individuals deemed "unfit" to be parents. It was called compulsory sterilization.

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Robbi

This replaces Magic Mike as the most Florida movie ever.

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Maryellen

This is an amazing story and unfortunately a sad commentary on the failure of society, the welfare system, and educational system that allows this behavior to continue.

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Francoise

The unfit mother and her little brat daughter are perfect. A surprisingly good movie.