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Where the Heart Is (2000)

 -  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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Laughter is harder... Friendship is stronger... Trust is deeper... When it comes from the heart. See more »

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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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28 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$33,771,174 (USA) (1 September 2000)
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In the scene where Willy Jack Pickens (Novalee's estranged baby's father) picks up an underage hitchhiker Jolene he ask, "Where are you going"? She responds, "Anywhere but here". This is a nod to Natalie Portman previous movie Anywhere But Here. See more »

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When Novalee comes home from Santa Fe to find Forney and Americus sleeping, Americus is fiddling her fingers indicating she is not in fact sleeping. See more »

Quotes

Willy Jack Pickens: I was coming to see you.
Novalee Nation: Sure.
Willy Jack Pickens: I was.
Novalee Nation: What were you going to do, Willy Jack? Go back to the Wal-Mart. Think I'd still be there waiting for you 5 years later?
Willy Jack Pickens: No. I just.
Novalee Nation: I gave birth at a Wal-Mart.
Willy Jack Pickens: Was it a boy? Was it a girl?
[yells]
Willy Jack Pickens: Is it alright? Does it have a name?
Novalee Nation: Yes, it's a girl. Her name is Americus and she's mine. You stay away from her!
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Rowdy Booty Time
Written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, Don Davis, Hervey Seales and Al Vance
Performed by Joan Osborne and Tommy Sims
Produced by Tommy Sims
Joan Osborne appears courtesy of Universal/cherry Records
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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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