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HARRY CONNICK, JR. SIZZLES...SANDRA BULLOCK CHARMS...,
This review is from: Hope Floats [VHS]  (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 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.