Hope Floats

1998, Romance, 1h 54m

34 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Hope Floats sinks under a deluge of melodramatic turns and syrupy sentimentality, although Sandra Bullock remains a winning star. Read critic reviews

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Birdee Pruitt (Sandra Bullock) has been humiliated on live television by her best friend, Connie (Rosanna Arquette), who's been sleeping with Birdee's husband, Bill (Michael Paré). Birdee tries starting over with her daughter, Bernice (Mae Whitman), by returning to her small Texas hometown, but she's faced with petty old acquaintances who are thrilled to see Birdee unhappy -- except for her friend Justin (Harry Connick Jr.). As he helps Birdee get back on her feet, love begins to blossom.

Cast & Crew

Sandra Bullock
Birdie Pruitt
Harry Connick Jr.
Justin Matisse
Gena Rowlands
Ramona Calvert
Mae Whitman
Bernice Pruitt
Michael Paré
Bill Pruitt
Connie Ray
Bobbi-Claire Patterson
Rosanna Arquette
Connie Phillips (uncredited)
Mary McLaglen
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Sandra Bullock
Executive Producer
Steven Rogers
Screenwriter
Dave Grusin
Original Music
Caleb Deschanel
Cinematographer
Richard Chew
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Critic Reviews for Hope Floats

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Audience Reviews for Hope Floats

  • May 17, 2011
    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.
    Jameson W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2010
    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.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2009
    oh dear... oh dear.... oh dear,... well.... welll.... well, oh dear...well it's fucking shit! erm... why? why????? why????????????????? being a major fan of sandra bullock can't take away the fact that hope floats bites. best performances came from gena rowlands and mae whitman. it only gets watchable towards the end and then not by much of a margin either
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  • Oct 23, 2009
    Pretty good chick flick
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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