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Where the Heart Is (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 April 2000 (USA)
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A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.



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Novalee Nation is a pregnant 17-year-old from Tennessee heading to California with her boyfriend Willie Jack, but is abandoned by him at a Wal-Mart store in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Novalee has no job, no skills and only $5.55 in her pocket, so she secretly lives in the Wal-Mart until her daughter Americus is born six weeks later. Novalee decides to raise her daughter and rebuild her life in Sequoyah, with the help of eccentric but kind strangers. Based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts. Written by Stephen Hughes

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Coração  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,292,939 (USA) (28 April 2000)


$33,771,174 (USA) (1 September 2000)

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Claire Danes and Sarah Michelle Gellar both auditioned for the part of Novalee Nation. See more »


When Willy Jack Pickens first meets Ruth Meyers, the capo on his guitar moves from the second fret to the third, then back to the second. See more »


Lexie Coop: This old gypsy woman once told me that if you jump backwards nine times before the sun come up you won't be pregnant. Well, I jumped so far I had to take a bus back and then I had twins.
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Gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling.
14 July 2001 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies where you feel "all is right with the world" when it's over. It is inspirational - in the midst of the violence and profanity that occurs in life, it reminds you that there are still good, honest and decent people. I admire the fact that a wonderful movie was created without nudity, very little violence or excess profanity (were there 4-letter words in the movie?). I admit, it's somewhat of a fantasy that good things happen only to good people and bad things to bad people - but it makes you feel good about the outcome all the same.

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I love this movie so much, I named my daughter Americus ushi_gushi_head
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