Where The Heart Is 2000 PG-13 CC

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When 17-year-old Novalee Nation has her baby in a Wal-Mart, this hard-luck teen becomes an overnight celebrity.

Starring:
Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd
Runtime:
2 hours 0 minutes

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Where The Heart Is

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Matt Williams
Starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd
Supporting actors Stockard Channing, Joan Cusack, James Frain, Dylan Bruno, Sue McCormick, Keith David, Ray Prewitt, Laura House, Karey Green, Mary Ashleigh Green, Kinna McInroe, Laura Auldridge, Alicia Godwin, Dennis Letts, Richard Andrew Jones, Kathryn Esquivel, Mark Mathis, J.D. Evermore
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Love this movie I could watch it over & over.
Hwhod
If you would like to see a film that will make you feel good about America, this is it.
gbworld@comcast.net
The performances by Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman are amazing.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Based upon the book of the same name by Billie Letts, this film was a more than pleasant surprise. It is simply a compelling absorbing, and unusual film. Well directed by television veteran Matt Williams, the movie exudes a certain folksy charm that grabs the viewer from the get go and keeps that viewer enthralled until the final scene.
The film centers around Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman), a very pregnant seventeen year old, who, with her boyfriend, lowlife Willy Jack Pickens (Dylan Bruno), pulls up to a Walmart's in Oklahoma where he abandons her. So, with virtually no money, literally barefoot and pregnant, and nowhere to go, she sets up camp in Walmart by night and explores the town by day, making friends with a number of memorable characters.
She unexpectedly has her baby at Walmart's, making her into a minor local celebrity. While at the hospital convalescing, she meets a sassy, brassy nurse, Lexie Coop (Ashley Judd), who befriends her. She is showered with gifts and her mother, Mama Lil (Sally Field), a floozie who discovers her daughter's whereabouts courtesy of the media hoopla, pays her a visit. Having abandoned her once before, she is there long enough for Novalee to be abandoned, yet again.
Along comes Thelma 'Sister' Husband (Stockard Channing), an eccentric but kindhearted recovering alcoholic who scoops Novalee and her baby up and takes her to her home. This would be the beginning of a whole new life for Novalee, one that would be enriched by the people whom she meets and the experiences, both good and bad, to which she is subjected. It becomes the story of her personal and emotional odyssey, as well as the story and growth of those with whom she most closely interacts. It is a story about life, relationships, responsibilities, love, and the ties that bind.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By gbworld@comcast.net on February 19, 2001
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This movie is one of those films that you pick up from the store when there is nothing else to rent ... and you are glad you did.
While the plot sounds really contrived, the actors and actresses in this film make it almost believable. And, it is one of the most heartwarming, feel good movies I have seen in quite some time.
Natalie Portman is excellent as Novalee Nation, the girl who has the Walmart baby. While you know what is going to happen, the actions leading up to the moment are a gem. Keeping a very exacting record of what she owes the Walmart adds to the situation, making you like Novalee even more.
Of course, this is a film about the downtrodden. Novalee is in her situation due to her no good boyfriend dumping her on his way to a Country Music career. The rest of the characters in the film share in this misery. From Forney Hall, a brilliant dreamer stuck in a library to Sister Husband (Stockhard Channing), who fornicates a lot, and finally Lexie Coop (Ashley Judd), who has too many children by bad men, the humanity of the "lower rungs" of society shines through.
Contrasted to the majority of films that highlight lower income families, displaying them as criminal victims, this film is refreshing in its humanity.
The only weak point is the love story that between Novalee and Forney. Throughout most of the movie it is not much more than a convenient plot device. At some times, it is downright distracting. However, in the end, it show the difference between Novalee and her ex-boyfriend.
If you would like to see a film that will make you feel good about America, this is it. At times it is a bit Pollyannic, but it is a bit more believable.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2003
Format: DVD
This film was an extraordinarily wonderful surprise. The writing was excellent, managing a perfect balance throughout between tear-jerking scenes and comedic moments. Every time it teetered close to the edge of cliche, it pulled back to safety and perfection.
The performances by Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd and Stockard Channing were phenomenal. This film had me crying rivers, laughing, and clapping. It left me feeling better than I had felt after the last 10 movies I'd seen combined. It is also exceptional for how unlike other Hollywood movies it is; it tells a story about women with a truthfulness and reality that would not even have been possible to get put on film even a couple decades ago. Indeed, it's still a remarkable abberation.
I can't recommend this film too strongly. For anyone with a heart, buy it and treasure it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "princessariellia" on November 12, 2000
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I just saw this movie for the first time a couple of days ago after my friend forced me to watch it. She was appalled that I hadn't seen the "Wal-Mart Movie" as she calls it. After seeing it, I have to say it was one of the best movies I've seen in a while. First of all, it was realistic. Although, I can't safely say that I've heard of this happening to somebody, you never know, it could happen. Second of all, I was able to hate Willy Jack. I was so happy when he got punched, I nearly applauded. It's not often that you come across a movie where you can actually feel that way about a character. Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd were great in the movie too. Overall, I think that this is one of the best movies. It's great for the family or if you are the sappy romantic type.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Connors on March 26, 2001
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This is one of those movies that one would have to be heartless not to like. Made from the novel of the same name by the author Billie Letts, this is the story of Novalee Nation, a 17 year old pregnant teenager who has nothing and gains everything when she is stranded in a small Oklahoma town by her self-centered boyfriend.
Novalee has had a hard life. Abandoned by her mother as a child, she became a foster child and then, reared mostly in poverty, fell into that pattern that unfortunately, so many poor and uneducated young women seem to find. She is a high school drop-out and pregnant at 17 with a guy who at best can be described as selfish and abusive. They make a fine pair as they set off for the dreamland of California. Unbeknownst to Novalee, her boyfriend has no intention of delivering her to the West Coast. He abandons her in a Wal-Mart parking lot after she goes inside to buy shoes to replace the ones that fell through the floor of the "rustbucket" they are driving to California.
Rather than panic, Novalee makes the best of her situation and eventually takes up residence in the store. She eats their food and uses a sleeping bag from the camping department to sleep in. She avoids the night crew and manages to keep a roof over her head until she has her baby. Novalee becomes an instant celebrity when the birth is announced all over TV and the fact that Wal-Mart offers her a job shows the compassion of such a large organization. She eventually meets up with the mother who abandoned her years before and things seem to gel; well, that doesn'tt happen and Novalee finds herself alone again.
Through the good will of Sister Husband, played with incredible sensitivity, humor and caring by Stockard Channing, Novalee again has a roof over her head.
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