Hope Floats (1998)

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Movie Info

Actor/director Forest Whitaker (Waiting to Exhale) helmed this romantic drama about a one-time high-school beauty queen who returns to her hometown of Smithville, TX. The Steven Rogers screenplay begins in Chicago, where blonde Connie (Rosanna Arquette, uncredited) appears on a trashy daytime talk show and tells a nationwide TV audience about her affair with the husband of her best friend, Birdie Pruitt (Sandra Bullock). Walking into the ambush, Birdie is paraded forth for a public humiliation … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Rogers, Steven Rogers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
Box Office: $60.0M
Runtime:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast


as Birdee Pruitt

as Justin Matisse

as Ramona Calvert

as Bernice Pruitt

as Bill Pruitt

as Toni Post

as Nurse

as Bobbi-Claire

as Orange Julia

as Big Dolores

as Debbie Reissen

as Waitress

as Mr. Davis

as Harry Calvert

as P.E. Teacher

as Young Man at Dance

as Volleyball Captain

as Young Birdee

as Talk Show Producer
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Critic Reviews for Hope Floats

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (12)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

Redemptive drama ready made for family viewing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

... just horrible, horrible, horrible.

Full Review… | January 27, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Hope Floats

An airy, nothing kind of film, which is always trying to be more than it is. You go in thinking itâ(TM)s some flouncy Sandra Bullock vehicle, where she can be her goofy self while falling in love with the handsomest of men on the planet. Instead of being a romantic comedy it's more of a character study of a bereaved woman who is ridiculed and belittled after suffering public embarrassment. The beginning, when we're first introduced to Birdee, a divorced single mother who moves home after being humiliated by her husband and his lover, itâ(TM)s actually quite moving and sweet. Though the daughter is an intimate character, and a look into the true psychological faculties of a girl her age, the rest of the family and the husband are ridiculous caricatures. Watching the daughter and wife interact, it was hinted that the husband was this deeply flawed character, but he has all the parameters of some nothing villain. Gena Rowlands is a hard hearted eccentric who's only there to thrust Bullock's struggles to the surface. Though I enjoyed what she brought to the film as a character, using her as a plot point further on was despicable. The other kid, a boy who likes to act as things, didn't have enough backstory with his no good mother to render a specific response except distaste. Though his antics and tendency to keep silent were perfectly odd and childlike, I would have liked to see a broader side of him. The movie altogether is schmaltz. What she has to overcome and the way she does it is small stuff, an amalgamation of every other drama of this genre, or of that decade. There is so much someone can do with the breakup of a marriage, but they looked solely on the aftermath though that's not what the movie was trying to accomplish. Look at Blue Valentine and tell me it's hard to make a film that's complex but relates to an ordinary occurrence.

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Spencer S.

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Good movie! A little underrated in my opinion, but it's mostly because not too many have seen it. I definitely recommend it! I used to live in Smithville, TX, where the movie was filmed, so I've always liked this film. It's nothing spectacular, but it's worth while. Also, this is one of Sandra Bullock's earlier films, so it's nice seeing where she's come from.

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Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

Sandra Bullock looks lovely as always but this film was very slow and dull. I just kept waiting for something to happen. Thought it might be a rom-com to start with but it was definitely a drama. Just so slow and predictable and nothing really happens. If you want a romantic drama watch the Notebook which also stars Gena Rowlands.

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Dean King

Super Reviewer

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