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on September 11, 2015
Hope Floats is vintage movie whose story never goes out of date because there broken marriages everywhere you look.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.