Where the Heart Is (2000)
Critic Consensus: Poor script and messy plot undermines the decent cast.
Pregnant 17-year-old Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman) runs away from her Tennessee home toward the bright lights of California, accompanied by her boyfriend, Willy Jack Pickens (Dylan Bruno). But Willy gets cold feet and abandons her at a Walmart in Sequoyah, OK. Novalee's life savings amount to $5.55, so she moves into the Walmart, sleeping there at night and venturing out during the day. With the help of the eccentric Sister Husband (Stockard Channing), and Lexie Coop (Ashley Judd), a nurses' aide, Novalee tries to get her life in order for the sake of her expected child, Americus Nation. Based on a novel by Billie Letts, Where the Heart Is also features Keith David, Joan Cusack, Richard Nance, and Heather Kafka. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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as Novalee Nation
as Lexie Coop
as Mama Lil
as Thelma `Sister' Husb...
as Ruth Meyers
as Forney Hall
as Americus Nation
as Moses Whitecotten
as Willy Jack Pickens
as Girl in Bathroom
as Wal-Mart Clerk
as Wal-Mart Assistant M...
as Mary Elizabeth Hull
as Angela Ortiz
as Rosanna Ortiz
as Johnny Desoto
as Mrs. Ortiz
as Officer Harry
as Hospital Receptionis...
as Religious Man
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as Policeman No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Where the Heart Is
Not possessing much in the way of a character arc, saints are boring to watch and impossible to act.
The scenes feel forced, producing episodic plotting and calling attention to the characters' superficiality.
A swamp of clichés, contrivances, and cheap ham-and-cheese hero sentimentality.
Williams and the Ganz/Mandel team never establish a consistent tone, shuttling from funny scenes to serious ones so arbitrarily that the two moods cancel each other out.
Serves up the usual homilies, but it lacks the quirky density and cinematic snap of, for instance, Jonathan Demme in his Melvin and Howard period.
Audience Reviews for Where the Heart Is
I was close to selling this DVD, but then decided to give it one last gander before goodbye. I'm glad I did cuz this is really quite a sweet movie about redemption and the kindness of strangers. It's Classic Natalie. She's a bit vegan and weird now, but in her salad days (ironic?), she could really bare her heart in her performances. I also dig James Frain (Villefort from "The Count of Monte Cristo) as the lovelorn Forney.
A feel-good movie where a pretty young pregnant girl (Natalie Portman) gets left at a Walmart in Oklahoma. During the movie, Natalie has to figure out how to have her baby, establish a support network and find a loving partner.
An all time favourite - still as good 11 years later as the first time I watched it. This really is the ultimate girl movie - good story to it and great cast. This is one of those rare movies where the movie is better than the book. After seeing this, i got it, and I was really bored by it. This movie really bought the story to life and the people they chose to play the characters are perfect. The only thing that constantly bugs me is the artwork - why has Ashley Judd got dark hair when she is blonde in this!!!
Where the Heart Is Quotes
|Willy Jack Pickens:||Why does anyone lie? Because we're scared? Or crazy? Or just mean?... There's a million reasons why a person lies... But sometimes, you tell a lie so big... that it changes your whole life... Lie's so big... it makes you think...|
|Forney Hall:||Do you love me?|
|Novalee Nation:||You are the best friend that I've ever had.|
|Forney Hall:||Just answer me.|
|Novalee Nation:||You delivered my baby.|
|Forney Hall:||Do you love me?|
|Novalee Nation:||No. No, Forney, I don't love you. Not that way.|
|Sister Husband:||That's what the late Brother Husband used to say...|
|Novalee Nation:||Brother Husband... Was he your husband?|
|Sister Husband:||No, he was my brother.|
|Ruth Meyers:||Jesus Christ, another guitar player. What's your name?|
|Willy Jack Pickens:||Willie Jack Pickens.|
|Ruth Meyers:||I bet you didn't even make that up, did you?|
|Willy Jack Pickens:||What?|
|Ruth Meyers:||So, you just carry that guitar around to keep your balance?|
|Willy Jack Pickens:||You want me to play?|
|Ruth Meyers:||What the fuck do you think that I want you to do, call bingo? One tune; your best shot.|
|Willy Jack Pickens:||Well, I wrote this one myself.|
|Ruth Meyers:||I have goosebumps already.|
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