Hope Floats

6.11 h 54 min1998X-RayPG-13
Young mother Birdee Pruitt returns to her Texas hometown after learning that her husband has been unfaithful. Humiliated, Birdee tries to build a new life for herself and her daughter as an old flame comes back into her life.
Forest Whitaker
Sandra BullockHarry Connick, Jr.Gena Rowlands
English [CC]
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Mae WhitmanMichael PareCameron FinleyKathy NajimyBill CobbsConnie RayRosanna ArquetteHarry Connick Jr.
Lynda Obst
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.8 out of 5 stars

6938 global ratings

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Linda HendrexReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a Sweet, Feel-Good Story!
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HOPE FLOATS is one of my all-time favorite movies. Well written and well played by some of the best actors in the business, this is an absolute treat to watch.

One of the things that makes it such a worthwhile story is how it captures the honest experience that a human being goes through when their world falls apart around them and they don't know how to go on. It is terrible to lose your foundation in life, but a beautiful thing to find a way to emerge from the wreckage.

This story is touching, funny and ultimately encouraging. Highly, highly, highly recommended.
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trishaaReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding Classic
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Hope Floats is vintage movie whose story never goes out of date because there broken marriages everywhere you look. Sandra Bullock as Birdie Pruitt, the discarded wife, and Harry Connick Jr. as Justin give a heartfelt performance as two people struggling to find their way. Birdie and her daughter, Bernice, played by Mae Whitman (outstanding for a child), have to move back home to mom's house. Gena Rowlands once again gives an outstanding interpretation of Bullock's mother. Rowland is one of our unsung actresses and doesn't get the accolades she so deserves.

Birdie has had all the luxuries a woman could want in her marriage to Bill (Michael Pare') and is in for a rude awakening when she realizes that the marriage is over between her and the rat. She has huge struggles coming to terms with the situation but the real star of the show is Bernice. Of course, a child cannot begin to come to terms with the fact that her father could possible not want her anymore and blames her mother for her daddy turning his back on her.

This movie is full of humor, soft romance, heartache and realizing life is not all sunshine and roses. Forest Whitaker did an excellent undertaking of directing this movie and the cast was beautifully chosen, with a chemistry between each character. Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks both sing the Billy Joel song To Make You Feel My Love, spot on for this movie.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Botch job
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It started out promising, but quickly became syrupy, trite, and cringeworthy. They made light of the material in ways that just didn't work, and it got irritating fast. Something like this needs dark humor, if any, not Lifetime/Hallmark style inanity. The acting was good, especially the kid and Gena Rowlands. The script was awful. Even the lead's character is too wishy-washy to be truly relatable. The writer played it too "safe." There were only a couple of quality, poignant scenes. Most of it was painful treacle that I wouldn't have sat through if I'd been watching on my own. Two stars only for the actors' efforts.
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Birder GirlReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hokey But Endearing
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Former small town Texas belle escapes NYC with tail between her legs and a failed marriage in her rear view window. Humiliated on national tv by her cheating husband and best friend, she must re-examine her past and future in the glare of nosy townsfolk, her quirky mother ( terrifically pushy Gena Rowlands), and her depressed pre-teen daughter. Oh, and there is the boot-scooting local (Harry Connick) who has carried a torch for her since high school. This film is not great writing or script and yet there are so many pleasurable moments, it is definitely good entertainment. Bullock is her usual beautiful and vulnerable self. Harry Connick isn't much of an actor but so appealing, I'd watch just to see him and Bullock do a joyous Texas two step. Some great country background music.
8 people found this helpful
Lisa HasslerReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
A split personality film that fails on all levels
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This movie didn’t know what it wanted to be. Was it a rom com? Was it a serious drama? A silly parody? Unfortunately it failed as all or any. The Justin character was creepy. As Birdie tells him she is uncomfortable and didn’t want to have sex, he repeatedly shushes her and continues to stroke her hair and pressure her. Birdie was apparently a mean girl in high school and doesn’t even remember those she tormented, yet somehow those days represented when she was her true self and at her best. There is no chemistry and a complete lack of anything resembling witty dialogue between her and creepy Justin. The characters of her husband and best friend were flat. Her high school friends were stereotypes. The actors did what they could with a sub par script and story line. I am truly befuddled that this has so many 5 star reviews. Even the ending seemed forced. Don’t waste your time.
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Larry A. JonesReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love while you can
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This is the greatest love story. Truth about emotions and life itself is threaded all through. I think it would be suited for children over 8, but that's my humble opinion. There is no sex, closest word to profane is "shucks". The main thread is to love while you can. While you can. It will make most of you cry. Harry Connick is so authentic, even in off hand gestures and his portrayal of awkward approach scenarios he will just make you feel good.
What can be said for Sandra Bullock. Her acting skills from shunned and betrayed Supergirl housewife to the adjusted and tender hearted mom is just what you need. I really don't see how anybody but a cold blooded scoundrel wouldn't be totally Blessed by this movie. Check out who the producers and writers are, all people with HEART.
17 people found this helpful
Butterflymom54Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Challenging family issues but lovely ending
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The best part of this movie is the soundtrack. Sandra does a great job portraying a miserable female character who has just been betrayed on national television. She takes her daughter and goes back to her hometown to stay with her Mom. While there she suffers humiliation as she tries to fit in but really just suffers from a case of identity confusion. She meets back up with an old acquaintance who pursues romance with her. Parts of this movie are funny, sad, silly and very relatable. Everyone did a good job. I found the movie entertaining. Enjoy!
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Kathleen McBrairReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Explores Serious Relationship Issues but Manages to Avoid Being Maudlin or Sappy
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I am not a big fan of modern romantic movies, but this is one of the rare exceptions. The characters are well-defined and quirky, and the acting is excellent. I'm not a fan of Michael Pare fan or Rosanna Arquette, and their roles and acting did not upgrade my view of them as actors; however, their characters and dialogue were also the weakest of the script. Gena Rowlands, Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr. and the kids were great, but the most astonishing performance was by Mae Whitman (Bernice). She was simply incredible. The movie has some really fun and fanciful moments, but it also does a wonderful job at portraying relationships, loss and recovery.
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