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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Edie Falco
Angela Bassett
Timothy Hutton.
Directors
John Sayles.
Screenwriters
John Sayles.
Running Time
141 minutes

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Sunshine State
Affecting portrait of a Florida coastal town with a whip-smart script and marvellous performances.


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Plot
As Delrona Beach celebrates 'Buccaneer Days', rival property developers arouse mixed emotions among townsfolk. Marly longs to sell her family's motel, while Desiree, back after 25 years, resists being drawn into the community's fight to preserve its ideals.


Review
Indie emeritus John Sayles crosses the continent from his Alaskan-set Limbo for a more emotionally accessible comedy-drama on a Florida seaside, well off the Miami-Disney World itinerary.

From a teenage arsonist to a failed actress and a suicidal embezzler, the characters wrestle with their problems while battles ensue between property developers around a proposed resort. The most engaging element is the tentative romance between Falco's weary ex-mermaid and landscape architect Hutton, while most poignant is venerable Bill Cobbs, championing a once prosperous black community.

In an excellent ensemble (which includes Sayles regular Tom Wright as the local has-been hero and NYPD Blue duo James McDaniel and Gordon Clapp) Steenburgen is a scream as the harassed organiser trying to drum up tourism with tacky pirate shows and a man-eating alligator. The Sopranos' Falco is also terrific.


Verdict
It’s not as focused as Sayles’ earlier wide-ranging dramas, and could use more Altmanesque coincidence and connections to pull it together. But the performances are strong, with the characters benefiting from Sayles’ customary wit and understanding.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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