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Hope Floats Movie Synopsis & Plot

Birdee Pruitt goes on television, expecting to get a free makeover. Instead, on national television, her best friend announces that she was sleeping with Billy, Birdee's husband. A total wreck, Birdee returns to her home town of Smithville, Texas in search of a new life. Housing with a mother she barely knows and her and her daughter who misses her father dearly, Birdee does everything she can to make her life a complete hellhole. But slowly, her mother forces her into a new life; taking a job and getting a new man. As she searches for a job, she realizes that people still see her as the high school beauty queen and nothing else, the one who teased the unpopular kids and caught people's eyes as she walked down the street. Even though her life has changed, people's views haven't. But then there's Justin Matisse, a childhood friend, who's view also hasn't changed; he's still in love with Birdee.

MOVIE REVIEW

This could very well be Sandra Bullock's most provocative performance yet, her best since Speed. Realistic and down-to-earth, Hope Floats is a subtle film where not much seems to happen but it does. The characters were strong and well scripted, believable and award winning. Mae Whitman (Bernice) did a surprisingly powerful job even though she's just a child. The story was new but the formula wasn't and I've seen similar movies in the past. Still, the greatest complication in the movie is this: It was hard decided whether this should be classified as a romance comedy or drama. Parts of it were funny, others mildly dramatic, but it sort of hovered in the middle. To really hit the spot, it needed to be one or the other, not leaving people wondering what they just watched. Nevertheless, Hope Floats is a good movie worth watching once or twice, especially with a girlfriend. Okay, I admit it. This movie is boring.
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