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Where the Heart Is (2000)

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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Sue McCormick ...
Cake Supplier
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Tim
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Girl in Bathroom
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Wal-Mart Clerk
Laura Auldridge ...
Wal-Mart Assistant Manager
Alicia Godwin ...
Jolene
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Coração  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,292,939, 30 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,771,174, 3 September 2000
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For the scenes filmed in Wal-Mart, various pictures of Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) had to be removed. See more »

Goofs

When Novalee visits Forney in his hotel room, when she opens the door, we see that the roses are next to Forney. When it cuts back to him, they are on the opposite side of the bed. See more »

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Thelma 'Sister' Husband: That's what the late Brother Husband used to say...
Novalee Nation: Brother Husband... Was he your husband?
Thelma 'Sister' Husband: No, he was my brother.
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Referenced in Blackcatloner Reviews: Old Fashioned (2016) See more »

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Grow Young with You
Written by Hillary Lindsey and Austin Cunningham
Performed by Coley McCabe, with special guest Andy Griggs
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A very good date movie.
30 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Where the Heart Is is a special kind of movie. City of Angels, Message in a Bottle, and Where the Heart Is all have that special ingredient that just grabs the viewer and holds him or her until the very last tear flows from their eye. Natalie Portman is very well cast in her role as Novalee Nation, a 20 year old pregnant woman who decides to move to California with her boyfriend. The sad thing is, when her and her boyfriend stop at a Wal-Mart in the middle of Oklahoma, he leaves her behind, and moves on without her.

The movie follows her life after she realizes that her boyfriend has left her stranded, and is not coming back. A very unique screenplay allows this movie to radiate a love for Novalee, and allows the viewers to develop a friendship with her. Lexie Coop (Ashley Judd) becomes Novalee's best friend when they meet in the hospital after Novalee has her baby. Where the Heart Is has everything it takes to be a great movie. The choice of actors is superb, and the direction is wonderful. Of course with every movie made, at least all that I have viewed, there was a few things wrong with the movie. For instance, Novalee's mother abandoned her when she was about 8 years old. Right after she gives birth to her baby, her mother shows up by her side, and quite frankly, nothing ever becomes of that scene. It's completely irrelevant. Also, there is the whole living in Wal-Mart for six weeks thing to consider. I mean can that really happen?

At any rate, by no means should these `mistakes' thwart your intention of watching this movie, it a real tearjerker, and I believe the best date movie since For Love of the Game.


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