Sunshine State (2002)
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as Marly Temple
as Desiree Perry
as Jack Meadows
as Delia Temple
as Eunice Stokes
as Reggie Perry
as Francine Pinkney
as Dr. Lloyd
as Furman Temple
as Murray Silver
as Flash Phillips
as Jefferson Cash
as Buster Bidwell
as Earl Pinkney
as Steve Tregaskis
as Todd Northrup
as Billy Trucks
as Scotty Duval
as Silent Sam
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Critic Reviews for Sunshine State
Sunshine State resembles Sayles' sketchbook more than his finished work, and we might hope that something more polished might spring from it.
Sunshine State is an efficient helping of Sayles, insightful even when it's not richly entertaining or imbued with apparent passion.
Sunshine State has the structure, the theme, the style and, at 141 minutes, the length of a great John Sayles film. What it doesn't have, alas, is the merit.
All this is admirable. I just wish Sayles would also put a little movie into the movie.
This well acted ensemble melodrama is not one of John Sayles' strongest films.
Audience Reviews for Sunshine State
A long movie - about two families in a Florida neighbourhood. The story includes a little of everything - family, greed, bias, expectations, suicide, fidelity, unplanned pregnancy, etc. etc. I enjoyed it - almost have to watch it again to recall all the stories.
Edie Falco leads an impressive cast and John Sayles always gives you something to think about after the movie is over.
John Sayles' component film is a disappointment only because we expect so much more from him. A good film on the pressures of community and the price that individuals are willing to pay to "sell out". Nonethless, we expect more.
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