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At Theaters: 5/29/1998 On Video: 10/20/1998
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 059812
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Heartbroken and totally humiliated when her husband leaves her, Birdee Calvert packs up her young daughter and moves back in with her eccentric mother in her hometown of Smithville, Texas. The one-time high school beauty queen's life is turned upside-down as she tires to deal with the emotional turmoil that she and her daughter find themselves in.

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Drama Romantic - Hope Floats would generally be considered a "woman's movie," focusing on relationships and the aspirations of a female lead character. Fans of star Sandra Bullock may enjoy her as the likeable protagonist, while viewers who like relationship dramas may become involved in her struggles. Male viewers and younger viewers in particular will probably find the film too long, too slow and too predictable to be enjoyable.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Sandra Bullock (While You Were Sleeping)
Harry Connick, Jr. (Independence Day)
Gena Rowlands (Gloria)
Mae Whitman (One Fine Day)
Producer: Lynda Obst (One Fine Day)
Director: Forest Whitaker (Waiting to Exhale)
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Touched By Good Fortune
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Mild and infrequent
SEX/NUDITY: No nudity; suggestions of sexuality
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some depiction of drunken behavior
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Some humorous behaviour by eccentric characters
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Below Average
HOPE FLOATS might have worked if it had explored its unique premise for all its dramatic and comedic possibilities.  The film never feels like anyone knows exactly where it should go, what we should be learning about Birdee, and why her story should matter to us at all. Part of the problem -- perhaps a very large part -- is the casting of Bullock in the lead role.  She doesn't appear to have the faintest idea how to play this character.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 201 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
5
Very High
100%%
13-19Teens (M/F)
41
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
14
Fairly High
86%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
32
High
97%%
30+Adults (M)
28
High
100%%
30+Adults (F)
81
High
98%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Birdee Calvert (Sandra Bullock) seems to have it all. She's been married for years to her handsome high school sweetheart Bill (Michael Paré), and has a brilliant and sensitive child. But when her picture perfect life comes crashing down around her, Birdee must start over. With no place else to turn, the former beauty queen, along with daughter Bernice (Mae Whitman), heads back home ... to Smithville, Texas. There Birdee's life becomes even more complicated as she tries to deal with a mother (Gena Rowlands) she must get to really know for the first time, a daughter who desperately misses her father, and the prospect of a new romance with an old schoolmate, Justin Matisse (Harry Connick, Jr.). But as Birdee undertakes her emotionally-charged journey, she begins to find the strength to reclaim her life, rediscover her family and return to something she had almost given up on ... hope.

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