The Florida Project

The Florida Project

DVD - 2018
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On a stretch of highway just outside Disney World, the most magical place on earth, six-year-old Moonee and her ragtag band of playmates spend an unforgettable summer at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby, whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion as he watches over the kids' adventures.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Lionsgate,, [2018].
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Summary: On a stretch of highway just outside Disney World, the most magical place on earth, six-year-old Moonee and her ragtag band of playmates spend an unforgettable summer at The Magic Castle, a budget motel managed by Bobby, whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion as he watches over the kids' adventures.


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Jan 11, 2019

A great watch, showing the realities and grittiness of those living hand to mouth and just trying to get by. I liked the way they portrayed the Mother and her struggles. She was failing on so many important aspects of being a mother; role model, protector, teacher, mentor. However, they never failed to show the love she had for her daughter. Despite all her shortcomings and poor decisions, they kept reminding us that she did have genuine and fierce love for her child and that the two of them had a bond. She gave her child love and kindness but also was unable to be a mother figure to her. Her daughter needed a more supportive environment to grow up in but that would also cut her off from her mother's love. Which is more important; a healthier environment with a foster family who are essentially strangers or to stay in a toxic situation with a mother who loves and connects with you on an emotional level? A powerful message and thought provoking.

Dec 03, 2018

I did not know what to expect, certainly not what it is. Willem Dafoe, an actor so capable of a variety of characters portrays a man with a unenviable job. trying to cope. This was so painful to watch and I know it exists all across our nation. Children having children with no guidance or ability except to survive each day. It reminded me of feral cats.

The point of extremes is not hard to miss, living hand-to-mouth in the shadow of wealth, extravagance, fantasy. The visiting couple from another country, not understanding English, gets dumped by a taxi at this motel...reminded me of my adventure to Cancun - clueless.

Nov 09, 2018

A real winner - unfailingly engaging and entertaining despite the downbeat premise of a young unfit mother and her child living in a community of impoverished motel-dwellers in the shadow of Disney World. William Defoe as the motel manager is the only recognizable actor in the cast, yet the movie still has a documentary feel thanks to the absolutely remarkable natural performances of all the others. The drab daily struggle for financial survival among this community, which does exist in reality, along with the mischief and (mis)adventures of the children, set against the background of colorful larger-than-life magical fairy-tale architecture of the buildings, creates the genuinely surreal social environment of the area. The direction and on-location photography are absolutely spot-on.

Oct 12, 2018

This movie is heart wrenching while beautiful. I grew up in Florida and understand first hand why this movie was made there and the way it was made (and yes these do exist in Mickey's back yard and Florida is filled with poverty with only a thin venire so apply represented by a fancy mouse). If you have never tasted poverty or at least been haunted by its odor then I think this movie may be lost to you. However if your heart is open (and you open your eyes) you will see the beauty of humanity struggling upward despite the weight of the world upon its back. One word of caution, this move challenges ones illusions of self importance and entitlements of "success" while asking you to remember your own fragile humanity so easily forsaken in childhood in hopes of stimulating compassion and awareness.

Oct 09, 2018

Repulsive movie. The children are NOT endearing. They are like untrained dogs which go around jumping & slobbering on people, chewing and tearing things up and the owners say, oh isn't she cute! Disgusting. There are no gaudy colored motels like this near Disneyland, get a grip... Sean Baker made William Defoe look like a protector and congenial fellow who everyone likes, a bit lame... The upstart actress Brai Vinaite, if ever hired again will show whether she can act the part of someone with class or brains instead of a natural at acting as a low life. There are no nice scenes, it's an ugly neighborhood. If there is one truth about what is portrayed in this movie it's that American civilization is on the decline and it's citizens are either uncivilized or accepting of a rotting society. Not worth watching.

Sep 22, 2018

The children are endearing. The little girl will have a great career, I hope. She's quite the little actress. I definitely recommend this.

Sep 18, 2018

The daughter of a low-life lazy prostitute living close to Disney World is allowed to misbehave, steal, lie, and ignore rules. In the end, daughter is taken away from prostitute mother and the child runs into Disney World hand in hand with her best friend. Of course it takes almost two hours of boring dialogue for this to occur. Not recommended for any age.

Sep 03, 2018

Type of movie that reveals more about the viewer. Depending on the lens you view this movie by either this is a movie that will disgust you because kids are swearing in it and are surrounded by low lifes or this is a profound revealing social comment on life at the fringes of the middle class. This movie is at times funny and at times predictable, but jarring.

Aug 27, 2018

Gave up on this movie in the first 5 minutes. Who wants to see children shouting profanities from the start?

Aug 21, 2018

Well worth watching …
Gritty at times, but also carefree and comedic, this movie spotlights a very real problem that is not well-known or recognized in our society.
... but as one commenter said, “Watch it and make up your own mind.”
… and, as noted in another comment, to fully appreciate this movie it is critical to watch all the bonus materials in Special Features. If you are limited for time, at least watch the interviews with Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch (Cast & Crew Interviews).
I watched the bonus materials first (no spoilers) and as a result viewed the film in a different mindset than if I had not. Realistically portrayed, based on actual research, much of the movie is seen through a child’s eyes … some events so obvious to adults are unseen by a child and vice versa.
This film was well thought-out, as were its choice of actors. As Sean Baker said, the alchemy of “seasoned actors, first-timers and non-professionals” create a hybrid between narrative fiction film-making and documentary. It also gives the film a unique dynamic and authenticity – and supports local talent in the region.
Note: three websites that may be of interest AFTER watching the film (as they contain spoilers):,, and

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