The Florida Project

The Florida Project ★★★★★

Eloise at the Magic Castle Motel.

“I wish they made forks out of candy,” Moonee says late in the film. I think this is a perfect metaphor for The Florida Project: While in some ways it’s a pointed and steely documentary portrait of the practically homeless, (Trump’s base and those Trump would like to deport) surviving together in a crazy lavender magic palace on the equivalent of two Disney wristbands a month, and yet Sean Baker somehow manages to make this pure candy.

That last closing credit didn’t surprise me at all: “A special thanks from the director to Hal Roach, Gus Meins, Robert F. McGowan and George “Spanky” McFarland for their continuing inspiration.” Because throughout the film it continually reminded me of the joy of the L’il Rascals episode, though with grownups with terrible manners and more F-bombs.

“You’re having too much fun. This isn’t supposed to be to be fun. It’s supposed to be work.”

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