Sunshine State

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2002

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Director:
John Sayles
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Ambitious land developers descend on a tiny Florida coastline community, inhabited mostly by local yokels and elderly African Americans. Many of them don't want to see their homes and businesses sacrificed in the name of "progress" (a.k.a. condos, hotels, strip malls, and so on). But the city council appears to be all too willing to let them come in and develop the land. In addition, one weary hotel owner is thinking about giving in and selling. Meanwhile, one prominent African American athlete suddenly becomes interested in buying out his aging neighbors. So now that the wheels of progress appear to be in motion, it seems that a minor miracle is the only thing that can stop it.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Creates a cinematic mosaic of American lives unprecedented in its range, balance, subtlety and even-handedness.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Sayles' films are always of interest, and even though the partly cloudy Sunshine State is not the writer-director at his best, even his letdowns often have more to offer than other...

  • 60

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Falco, light years from "The Sopranos," is exquisitely vulnerable and her scenes play well with Hutton, in his finest role in years as a good man who knows he's sold out.

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