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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Dennis Letts, who played the sheriff, was the husband of the author of the novel "Where the Heart Is," Billie Letts). See more »


A member of the crews' reflection appears briefly in the mirror when Novalee is shaving her legs in the bathroom at Walmart. It clearly was not Novalee's reflection; as it was the wrong angle. See more »


Forney Hull: Are you finding everything you need?
Novalee Nation: I don't know what they're talking about. I have to look up every other word in the dictionary then I have to look up those words in the children's dictionary. Takes me a half hour to read a page.
Forney Hull: Well maybe this is something that's hard to learn from books. I mean, it's photography.
Novalee Nation: Hard for me, anyway.
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Spoofs Forrest Gump (1994) See more »


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Excellent film- even for a chick flick.
27 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to admit having a bias towards sci-fi, action adventure, mystery, conspiracy films, etc. I have sat through "Steel Magnolias" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" with my wife, and while I can admit they are well made movies, I have never been too keen on movies with an all-female or predominantly female cast. I have also never cared much for Sally Fields movies. Perhaps I always think of her from the "Bandit" movies... My first impression from all the trailers was that "Where the Heart Is" was noting more than another "chick-flik" that I would no doubt find well-produced, but forgettable. I was wrong. Natalie Portman registers a great performance as a meek and down-trodden pregnant teen who learns early in life that "our lives can change with every breath." Ashley Judd puts in an Oscar worthy performance in her supporting role as the older, married friend who has trouble finding the right man to be the father of her children. Stockard Channing plays the unforgettable "Sister Husband" who takes the young girl and her newborn child in, and Sally Fields makes a momentary appearance as the young girl's absentee mother, one of the highlights in the film. Fields has deepened my respect for her as an actress with five minutes of film time like no other actor/actress has in a long time. Joan Cusack appears as a talent manager in the film's sub-plot and is phenomenal in her brief on screen time as well. Yes, there are men in the film, veteran David Keith among them, but for the most part, this film relies on the vision of the world through the eyes of it's female leads. I loved this film- the comedy, the drama, the love story... I laughed, and although I hate to admit it, being a tough guy and all, I cried- several times- during this wonderful film about learning to be content with what we have and learning to appreciate how unique and special everyone and everything is.

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