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SUNSHINE STATE

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Sunshine State

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
141 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/21/02
performer:
Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Timothy Hutton, Marc Blucas, Gordon Clapp, Alan King, James McDaniel, Mary Steenburgen
director:
John Sayles
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
John Sayles
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

A traditional, highly diagrammed, overwritten, underdirected ensemble story from filmmaker John Sayles about a disappearing way of life, this time set in northern coastal Florida. The storytelling is becalmed, but Edie Falco is bracing as a bedraggled local who has stayed put (running her father’s motel) when she should have left; Angela Bassett plays an alienated native who left as a pregnant teen and is due to return, by Saylesian symmetry, for reconciliation with her hard-to-please mother (Mary Alice).

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