17. The Florida Project
Release Year: 2017
Directed By: Sean Baker
Starring: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera, Mela Murder, Valeria Cotto, Josie Olivo, Aiden Malik, Edward “Punky” Pagan, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair, Sandy Kane, Sabina Friedman-Seitz
Release Date: Monday, April 6
You know that critically acclaimed movie that you kept hearing about nonstop a few years ago, but you never had the chance to see it because, honestly, you didn’t want to see it after hearing about it so much? Well, there’s no better time than now to watch that movie. No matter what that movie is. There’s nothing holding us back from watching as many critical darlings as our watch lists can handle. This month on Netflix, that movie could be The Florida Project, one of April’s best new titles.
The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), who lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a motel near Walt Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida. Moonee spends her days in the summer, not at the Happiest Place on Earth but getting into mischief at the motel with some friends. In the shadow of the amusement park, Moonee and her friends make their own adventures as Halley and the motel’s manager, Bobby Hicks (Willem Dafoe), protect the children from seeing the reality of potential homelessness and misery that surrounds their lives.
The Florida Project comes from director Sean Baker, who also helmed such films as Four Letter Words, Take Out, Prince of Broadway, Starlet and Tangerine. Upon release, the film earned positive reception from critics and holds 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Dafoe landed an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor, among many other award nominations for the film. The film also performed modestly at the box office, bringing in $11.3 million against a $2 million budget. Don’t miss the small but mighty movie when it streams on April 6.