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.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Studios Canada Inc., 2018.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Miller1114
Apr 17, 2018

This movie was disturbing...and I loved it. The acting was spot on even with the children. These children and their parents essentially live day to day. The struggle to pay rent in a extended stay hotel. Working at a minimum wage job to try and keep your head above water. Very accurate film about the desperation and choices those in poverty must make to keep a roof over their heads. If you want to feel thankful about what you have watch this movie.

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snjarmula
Apr 15, 2018

this title is now on netflix fyi!

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Womanonfire
Apr 14, 2018

Imagine being a homeless child in Florida and living just a mile away from the most happiest place on earth(Disney World). This was a difficult movie to watch but this is also the reality of what some children have to face.

I could have done without all that cussing though I know the child is just a product of their environment and so they mirror what they see from the adults that are around them.

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BigAl_725
Apr 11, 2018

Being a senior citizen and having raised two children, I found this movie disturbing, especially with the attitude and language used by the child. If my children had spoken to "any" adult like this, they would not have been able to sit for several days after the spanking they would have received. And the mother, my god, pitiful excuse for a mother.
I hate to say it, but I'm sure this type of behaviour happens by children and "some" mothers every day, all over the world. What is this world and our society coming to.
I would give this poor excuse for a movie a half star at best.

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Loge99
Apr 10, 2018

Tiresome, no plot, short scenes that cut back and forth, wandering episodes, actually boring. If it was meant to incite sympathy, it misses the mark. By the middle of the film, I disliked the mother...a liar, prostitute, thief, cheat, filthy mouth, who doesn't deserve a child. And what made the film unbelievable was all the gullible characters that were "taken in" by her, giving her money, food, etc. I can't imagine all those people being so "stupid."

I tried to think of some redeeming quality for this movie: actors played their parts well.

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Lucik32
Apr 06, 2018

This was an interesting, yet disturbing film about "hidden" homelessness just outside of Disney World in Florida, many people had no clue about.
Willem Dafoe was great, the kids' acting natural, a film little bit long. Make sure to watch the commentary of the producers and cast in the special features.
I had difficulty watching it due to the profanity of the language used, especially by the kids (even though they were acting).
This was a tragic depiction of how little some can give to their children and how hard life can get for some. Still, homeless should not have any kids. Especially the main character Halley, who according to the film producers was born and raised in poverty, should know better and had no kids.
It reminded me of "non-hidden" homelessness on Hawaiian islands, where homeless do not live motel to motel but campground to campground, their kids being picked up by a school bus right at the campground. Camping in Hawaii is not for everyone, it is very scary actually. (and now I know that staying in motels in Florida might get dangerous as well).
The social workers had a difficult duty in the final scene of the film, not trained for kids, who are dangerous for society (setting houses on fire) and who are absolutely out of control. Even the mother Halley refused to calm her child down. And yes, she was totally unfit for parenting.
I ended up not being able to sympathize with Halley and her daughter. I believe, if you are not disabled, have two arms and legs, there is always a way to find a job, without selling drugs or your body. But breaking the vicious cycle of poverty, bad parenting or parenting- not- at- all, might be extremely difficult in this given society.

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jjd66
Apr 05, 2018

Interesting film.

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MyrtleLouise
Apr 04, 2018

A beautiful commentary on children who live just outside of enough. They can see Disneyland, but they can't get there. I loved this movie enough to buy my own copy. It broke my heart.

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Daylight62
Mar 17, 2018

An interesting but uncomfortable view into the everday life of a segment of society as they struggle with poverty, addictions, upbringing and other disadvantages. This is a cycle that is difficult for them to escape from. This is not a feel good or just for entertainment movie.

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maipenrai
Mar 15, 2018

I wanted to like this film and thought Willem Dafoe did a fine job. The children's continuous misbehavior and incessant noise caused me to lose sympathy with their plight. A good idea, but the structure did not foster the empathy that I imagine the director wished the film to engender. Moonee's pathos was lost in the din and chaos. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Lucik32
Apr 06, 2018

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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