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Hope Floats (1998)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Steve Rogers

Jan 8, 2002

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (25) | DVD (6)

Redemptive drama ready made for family viewing.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... just horrible, horrible, horrible.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The plot of this tear-jerker is a little heavy-handed, and so is the directing by Forest Whitaker.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Well, no it doesn't.

October 28, 2002
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

In order for us to believe in the future and to step into it with buoyancy, we need the nurturing support of those nearest and dearest to us. Then hope floats.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Nothing spells dull and saccharine quite like the two dreaded H's--hugs and healing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

This very ordinary story is told soap opera style...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first half of this Sandra Bullock vehicle is so winning and observant, it's especially disappointing when the storyline begins losing air at the midway point.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

At times heartwarming home-town kitsch, at other times predictable puppy-love pablum for the young and recently separated, Hope Floats... but just barely.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

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.
December 6, 2011
FrizzDrop

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.
October 5, 2009
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Good touching and poignant drama film that has it all... love and pain... laughter and tears. It's perfect. The beauty of the country along with the small town family atmosphere makes this pure. Sandra Bullock is very good in a complex role. Gena Rowlands is gold. Harry Connick Jr. fails to impress. Michael Paré is awful. Mae Whitman is extremely irritating but the other child actor Cameron Finley is quite likable.
June 5, 2009
deano
Dean McKenna

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    1. Ramona Calvert: Look at me. My life has no meanin' or direction, and I'm happy. Look at Kermit there. You think it's easy bein' green?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Birdee Pruitt: Who's Big Dolores?
    2. Travis: She's the meanest and dumbest girl in school, but she keeps passin' because even teachers are afraid of big Dolores. She has her own gang too.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Birdee Pruitt: You just never liked Bill.
    2. Ramona Calvert: Oh, I like all of God's creatures; I just like some of them better stuffed. And he's one of them.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Birdee Pruitt: Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life tryin' to overcome.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Bernice Pruitt: At home we had a pet skunk. Mama used to call it Justin Matisse. Do you think that's just a coincidence? All day long she would to scream, "You stink Justin Matisse" Then one day she just picked up a club and killed it.
    2. Justin Matisse: Now that's a sad story.
    3. Bernice Pruitt: If you liked the skunk, which we didn't.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Ramona Calvert: Look at me. My life has no meanin' or direction, and I'm happy.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
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