Hope Floats 1998

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(73) IMDb 5.8/10
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Birdee's (Sandra Bullock) seemingly perfect marriage is shattered when her husband admits to infidelity on national TV. Returning to her hometown with her young daughter to lick her wounds, Birdee slowly begins to regain faith in her fellow man and construct a new life.

Starring:
Sandra Bullock,Mae Whitman
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

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Hope Floats

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Forest Whitaker
Starring Sandra Bullock, Mae Whitman
Supporting actors Gena Rowlands, Harry Connick Jr.
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Forest Whitaker's directorial efforts pay off, as he presents the viewer with a solid, though predictable, romance. The ever charming and coltish Sandra Bullock gives a strong performance as Birdie Pruitt, who has just found out on national television that her husband Bill is having an affair with her erstwhile best friend, Connie. Shocked, she is left to cope with this very public betrayal.
Birdie takes their daughter, Bernice, and leaves her husband, returning to her small town roots in Smithville, Texas, where her mom, an eccentric but lovely lady, wonderfully played by Gena Rowlands, still lives. As a teenager, Birdie had been a big fish in a small pond, a popular high school cheerleader who had ended up marrying the high school star quarterback, Queen of Corn three years running, and the envy of most of the young women with whom she grew up. She now finds herself returning home with her tail between her legs, her fairy tale life having taken a decided nosedive.
While home, some of those who remember her manage to get their digs in. One person, however, a sensitive and sensual good ol' boy, Justin Matisse, played to sexy perfection by Harry Connick, Jr., remembers her with fond affection, as he has loved her since they were in high school. He is there, just waiting to pick up the pieces.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Francisco on 14 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
Birdee is invited on a talk show and then her best friend tells her that she's having an affair with her husband. After the show Birdee moves with her daughter, Bernice, back to her mother's house (which is situated in a small town). Her father is ill (we find out more about that later). Bernice's cousin, Travis, is also staying at there.
From very early on Justin tries to woo her (with a lot of unsubtle hints from her mother).
It's Birdee's story and follows her as she deals with the aftermath of her marriage collapsing. It's also about Birdee's relationships with her family (especially her mother and her daughter) and others.
What I loved about the film was the fact that it was character driven and the characters are 3 dimensional (at least the main ones are). The whole thing feels real and, therefore, is more touching. I had tears rolling down my cheeks watching it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2012
Format: DVD
Of several of her movies that I have seen, this is perhaps her best effort. Less of the fluffy 30-something portrayed in some of her later movies, it may be that Forest Whitaker, in the unusual role as director, was far more restrained (or perhaps, constrained0 than those who followed in the Congeniality titles, for example.

Bullock cannot, and probably will never, be described as a great actress, but she can be a be a good one when at her best and she is certainly very good in this. In my view, Bullock's most successful role and perhaps far more believable than in Congeniality or its sequel, the presence of Harry Connick Jr is quite a good choice and provides a good foil. The young girl playing the daughter does a very good job, herself.

The movie has its deadpan side, especially in the scene where her young daughter pleads with the disinterested father/husband to be able to join him which is replete with pathos, it later moves to the lighter side when Bullock's character starts to enjoy her life when working for the photo shop.

A very good effort from all concerned.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I first saw this film when it was shown at the Odean in Holloway Road, London. I was captivated from the first opening scenes and spent most of the film with a lump in my throat, determined not to cry, although I did shed a few silent tears (I drew the line at sobbing - public displays are not my thing!). The acting was superb and it had great atmospheric conotations. Harry Connick Jnr. took me by surprise as the romantic lead and I would just like to say that he has gone up in my estimations for sheer sex appeal alone! Brilliant film for a girlie night in! Box of tissues, bag of tortilla chips with dip, chocolates and some beer. Sorted!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sep 2001
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Forest Whitaker's directorial efforts pay off, as he presents the viewer with a solid, though predictable, romance. The ever charming and coltish Sandra Bullock gives a strong performance as Birdie Pruitt, who has just found out on national television that her husband, Bill, is having an affair with her best friend, Connie. Shocked, she is left to cope with this very public betrayal.
Birdie takes their daughter, Bernice, and leaves her husband, returning to her small town roots in Smithville, Texas, where her mom, an eccentric but lovely lady, wonderfully played by Gena Rowlands, still lives. As a teenager, Birdie had been a big fish in a small pond, a popular high school cheerleader, who had ended up marrying the high school quarterback, Queen of Corn three years running, and the envy of most of the young women with whom she grew up. She now finds herself returning home with her tail between her legs, her fairy tale life having taken a nosedive.
While home, some of those who remember her manage to get their digs in. One person, however, a sensitive and sensual good ol' boy, Justin Matisse, played to sexy perfection by Harry Connick, Jr., remembers her with fond affection, as he has loved her since high school. He is just there, waiting to pick up the pieces.
This is a very enjoyable movie, with strong performances by the entire cast.
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