By Brad Haynes
There have been lots of essays done taking a look at the movie that best represents each state.
When it comes to Kansas, The Wizard of Oz tends to always be represented (although if you’re looking to go a little darker, In Cold Blood gives a much chillier and probably more accurate vision of the midwest in the 60s).
And when it comes to Iowa, Field of Dreams seems to hit it out of the park on every list.
But Florida gets some mixed reactions. Probably the most consistent movie representing Florida on the various lists is the Brian DePalma classic Scarface, with Al Pacino’s memorable Tony Montana.
Entertainment Weekly and Complex both went with Scarface, but there were some other interesting choices out there as well. TimeOut New York chose the 2012 cautionary tale Spring Breakers and MSN also looked at the sleazier side of the state with Magic Mike. And Reader’s Digest pegged The Birdcage, and its neon South Beach locale, for their choice of movie most representing Florida.
I’m looking along somewhat more wholesome lines and thinking of native Florida with The Yearling.
What about you? What movie set in The Sunshine State do you think best represents Florida?