The Florida Project

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Gritty drama is breathtakingly realistic, unforgettable.

R 2017 115 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 21 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

This film sears into your soul...extremely powerful.

Wow! It's like being in a traffic jam and then the temperature goes up bit by bit and then your AC busts and you're still sitting there and the experience is slowly starting to become more and more uncomfortable. This film is a slow burn, as slice of life dramas tend to be, everyone is well cast and Dafoe's performance is mesmerizing as someone who is working too hard for too little and tries to be kind in a world on the brink of poverty. He is protective and present and bears witness to people barely hanging on. The children drive the story and your heart breaks for how their innocence is shaped at the footstep of the biggest child innocence peddler...Disney World. A powerful film that leaves its mark, searing into your soul.
age 12+
I guess there are a few sexual references, and maybe a few swears, but really not too bad.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 6, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: February 20, 2018
  • Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite
  • Director: Sean Baker
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Drama
  • Character Strengths: Empathy
  • Run time: 115 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material
  • Last updated: July 2, 2022

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