Hope Floats

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20th Century Fox Released 1998

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Hope Floats

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Director:
Forest Whitaker
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
Hope Floats is a beautiful and touching romantic drama directed by Forrest Whittaker and produced by star Sandra Bullock. Birdee Pruitt's (Bullock) perfect world comes crashing down when her lying, cheating husband, Bill (Micheal Pare) and her best friend, Connie (Patricia Arquette), come clean about their affair during an appearance on a trashy daytime talk show. Brokenhearted and humiliated, Birdee takes her young daughter, Bernice (Mae Whitman), and returns to her Texas hometown to live with her eccentric, taxidermist mother, Ramona (Gena Rowlands). Life is not easy in Texas, either, as the women of Smithville haven't forgotten the former beauty queen's reign as the most popular girl in school, and take every opportunity to remind Birdee of her public humiliation. Bernice blames Birdee for the split, putting a strain on their relationship. Her life is further complicated by a growing attraction to handyman Justine Matisse (Harry Connick, Jr.), agitating her daughter, who wants nothing more than her parents to reconcile. Birdee must find the inner strength she didn't know she possessed to move forward with her life, and find hope for the future.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A sharper edge could have taken a pretty good, if uneven, picture to greater heights, considering its potent ingredients and actors.

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Hope Floats, which often resembles a rosy commercial, does indulge in too much awkward slow motion, and in occasional embarrassing romps that are meant to signify family fun.

  • 30

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A dreadfully dull, completely conventional story of a young wife's recuperation from being unceremoniously dumped, this is a by-the-numbers bit of emotional calculation without a s...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy