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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
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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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Discover where the emotion is...the friendship is...and the laughter is... 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)

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$8,292,939 (USA) (30 April 2000)

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$33,771,174 (USA) (3 September 2000)
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While Novalee's unlucky number in the film is 5, the novel's Novalee has an unlucky number of 7. See more »

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Lexie's car disappears when Ray's car pulls into the abandoned lot. But it reappears moments later when we see Ray approaching Novalee and Lexie. See more »

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Moses Whitecotten: Have you thought of a name yet?
Novalee Nation: Well, I was thinking about Wendi with an "i."
Moses Whitecotten: Oh no, don't you dare.
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Referenced in Blackcatloner Reviews: Old Fashioned (2016) See more »

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Only You (And You Alone)
Written by Buck Ram and Buck Ram (as Andre Rand)
Performed by Lonestar
Produced by Dan Huff
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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 nothing more than another "chick-flick" that I would, no doubt, find well-produced, but forgettable. I was wrong.

Natalie Portman registers a great performance as a meek and downtrodden 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 of the film. Fields has deepened my respect for her as an actress with her five minutes of film time like no other actor/actress ever has. 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 and James Frain among them, but for the most part, this film relies on the vision of the world through the eyes of its 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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