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John Sayles is a filmmaker with a commitment to social justice, his films can all be said to be in good causes. His latest focuses on property developers in the sleepy seaside town of Delrona Beach, Florida, The Sunshine State. We`re introduced to a number of characters in the town: infomercial actress Desiree, Angela Basset, who left town in disgrace many years ago has returned with her husband, James McDaniel, to visit her mother, Mary Alice, to find she`s adopted a young arsonist Terrel, Alex Lewis. Marly, Edie Falco, is running her father`s motel and hates it, she finds herself attracted to new guy in town, Timothy Hutton, who turns out to be working for the developers who want to buy her father`s property. And town stalwart Francine, Mary Steenbergen, who runs the town pageant is finding it all too hard, especially with her terminally depressed husband Earl, Gordon Clapp. There`s a real sense of unease and impending change in Delrona Beach. You wonder whether Sayles is beginning to work his way through all 50 states, Lone Star was about Texas and Limbo about Alaska. And in fact all of these films tend to weave their way through a multi-racial mix in small town America. Sunshine State delves into history, both personal and social and the inevitability of being unable to escape either. Sayles has brought warmth and humour to this film, but also a rather declamatory sense of dialogue. There`s a whole lot of yarnin` and speechifyin` and even a Greek chorus of golf players. There are some standout performances notably from Jane Alexander as Marly`s mother and some solid ones. And if the film leaves you slightly dissatisfied with the unresolved nature of its ending Sayles still gives you that sense of experiencing something fresh and worthwhile.Comments from David Stratton.Similar in theme to Lone Star, which was one of his best films, Sunshine State reveals John Sayles` weaknesses as well as his strengths. It`s a film about that endangered species, the small businessman, and it`s heart`s in the right place, but the script is a bit windy and schematic, and the direction a bit painstaking. There are fine scenes and good performances, but, somehow, it doesn`t quite soar.