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The Florida Project [2017] [R] - 5.4.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A young woman (Bria Vinaite) struggles to raise her young daughter (Brooklynn Prince) while gathering money in any way she can to pay her weekly rent at a Florida motel that's just outside the Disney World complex. Also with Willem Dafoe, Valeria Cotto and Christopher River. Directed by Sean Baker. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:51]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Four young children chant "Boobies," when they see a woman sunbathing topless at their swimming pool (we see the woman's partially obscured bare breasts) and she complains that a man touched her when he covers her with her swimsuit top. A woman and her young daughter wear bathing suits and take selfies of themselves; the woman poses in suggestive poses (we see her cleavage, bare abdomen, bare back and buttocks). A woman wears a low-cut tank top and very short shorts in several scenes throughout the movie (we see cleavage, bare legs to the hips and the outline of her nipples through the fabric of her tops). A young girl is shown in the bathtub several times and we see her bare shoulders and upper chest. Two women wear skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and bare legs to the hips as they walk through clubs and dance.
 A young girl is shown in a bathtub when a man opens the door; the girl pulls the curtain closed and we hear her mother talking to the man and telling him to leave (she has apparently been selling sex). A woman makes a sexual gesture toward a man using her hand and mouth.
 A young boy yells at a topless woman sunbathing, telling her to rub her breasts on a man's face. A young boy says that a woman's breasts are so big that he could rub his face in them. A boy shows a girl a lighter and says, "There is a naked lady on it" (we do not see the image). A woman confronts another woman about posting sexual solicitations online. A woman says, "My daughter made me a grandmother when she was 15." A woman talks about dancing for tips and that some women do more than that in the back room (implying sexual activity for money). A child says of a woman, "She thinks she is married to Jesus." A young girl says to a young boy, "Will you marry me?" and then, "You may kiss the bride" (there is no kissing).
 Three young children share an ice cream cone and pretend to be kissing it. A boy and a girl dance and a woman tells the girl that she is good at twerking.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Three children go to an abandoned building where they break windows with rocks, they throw furniture down stairs, and they stuff a pillow in a fireplace and light it; within moments we see them running from the building and see it engulfed in flames.
 Two women argue, one shoves the other, straddles her on the ground and punches her in the face repeatedly (we hear the blows and see the victim later with black eyes). Several men fight in a parking lot around a car, the car squeals its tires, hits one man and knocks him onto the trunk and then to the ground (we do not see injuries). A young girl argues with a woman and pulls away from her; the woman chases her and falls down a flight of stairs (she holds her head later) and the girl gets away running to a friend's house. A man approaches several children playing in a grassy area and another man lures the man away (he seems to suspect that the man is up to no good); he eventually wrestles the man for his ID and threatens to call the police if he ever comes back to the area. A security guard chases a woman after she sells items on the hotel property and says that the police are coming; they struggle over a bag filled with items that fall on the ground and the woman leaves with her young daughter. A man accuses a woman of stealing admission bracelets for Disney World and says that they are worth $1700; they yell at each other and another man comes to break it up. A woman argues with officials from a state agency and police officers when they come to inspect her room and take her child away. A woman argues with several officials from a state agency and refuses to let them inspect her room.
 Two boys and a girl spit through a railing and onto the windshield of a car (we see the goo collected on the window and as it leaves their mouths); the owner of the car yells at them and chases them when they spit on the woman's daughter and refuse to clean the mess and the children curse at her and run away. A man drops a bucket of paint from a ladder and it splatters on the ground and sidewalk near a man; the man on the sidewalk yells at the other man.
 A woman and her young daughter move out of their room temporarily and try to move into another motel but they will not allow her in; people yell at each other and the woman pours a can of soda on the floor of the lobby before leaving. A man throws a woman out of a motel and yells at her about having traffic in and out all day (implying sex trade) as she yells at him. Two women argue in a restaurant where one of them works. A woman tells a young girl to go away and not hang around her son any longer. A man and a woman argue when the man says that the woman's visitors will have to check-in at the office and leave their IDs.
 Young children are left alone and we see them walking through parking lots and tourist areas asking for money and causing trouble. A man describes the trouble that children have caused, including throwing water balloons at tourists, putting a dead fish in the swimming pool, etc. Three young children beg a woman for money for ice cream. A boy shows a girl a lighter and the girl asks him if he stole it. A boy is shown wearing two casts on his arms. Two young girls look at a rainbow in the sky and talk about a Leprechaun and a pot of gold at the end of it; one girl says, "Let's go beat him up." Two young girls are caught in a rainstorm (they are OK).
 Two women argue about children spitting on the car of one of them. A man and a woman argue about having a reservation at a motel that is not what they expected and a young girl says that the woman is about to cry. A man watches a boy and a girl eating an ice cream cone and yells at them to leave when a drop of ice cream falls on the floor. A man talks about needing to fine residents that leave their bikes in the walkways of a motel. A woman stomps on the floor of her room to annoy a woman living below her.
 A woman takes her young daughter to a breakfast buffet at a hotel and they eat there even though they are not staying in the hotel. A woman gives a young girl and a young boy bags of food from the back door of a restaurant in a few scenes. Three young children share an ice cream cone. A boy and a girl share an ice cream cone. A church group distributes food to people in a motel in several scenes (presumably a food pantry for welfare recipients). A woman throws two bags of food on the ground and kicks them (we see food and debris on the ground).
 Two men disassemble a bed and find bedbugs and stains on the mattress and the wall; they wrap the mattress in plastic and take it to a dumpster.
 A woman vomits in a toilet (we hear gagging, retching and splattering and we see a bit of goo leaving her mouth). A woman pulls off a sanitary napkin and sticks it to the window of an office (we see bloody spots on it). A comment is made that someone smells like urine. A young boy and a young girl make loud flatulent sounds using their hands and mouths and putting their hands under their armpits. A young girl burps loudly in a restaurant.

LANGUAGE 10 - About 82 F-words and its derivatives, 9 sexual references, 1 sexual gesture, 10 obscene hand gestures, 23 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, name-calling (rat, loser, gypsy, dumb, stupid, retarded), exclamations (oh my gosh, jeez), 8 religious exclamations (Oh My God, For Christ's Sake, Thank You Lord Jesus, Jesus Christ, I Swear To God).

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman gives another woman a bag of drugs (looks like marijuana), a woman talks about "lighting up" (implying drugs), and a woman asks if she can smoke a blunt. A woman is shown poolside with a pitcher of what is implied to be alcohol and a man tells her that no alcohol is allowed at the pool, empty beer bottles are shown on a table outside a motel room, and two women drink beers and smoke cigarettes while in a swimming pool. A woman smokes cigarettes outside her motel room in many scenes, two women smoke outside a motel room, a woman smokes cigarettes inside her motel room, and a man smokes a few cigarettes outside a motel.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Living on welfare, solicitation, child welfare, single parenting, friends, rules, scams, theft, arson.

MESSAGE - When you're poor life is really hard.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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