Hope FloatsMay 29, 1998
Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 5.4/10 (10,845 voted)
Critic's Score: 42/100
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Gena Rowlands
Birdee Calvert-Pruitt is back in her hometown of Smithville, Texas, after discovering that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Connie. The entire town knows what happened to flawless beauty Birdee since Connie let her know about the affair on a national talk show. Back in town, she's dealing with catty old friends and acquaintances from high school who can't help rubbing it in her face that she isn't as perfect as she thought while still trying to get back on her feet with her daughter, Bernice. Deeply depressed, she runs into an old friend, Justin Matisse, who tries to help her through, but is still in love with her. Birdee must make a new life for her and her daughter, but will Justin be able to be part of it?
Harry Connick Jr.
Mona Lee Fultz
(as Rachel Lena Snow)
(as Allisa Alban)
When life fell apart, love fell into place.
Release Date: 29 May 1998
Filming Locations: 201 E. Eighth St. Smithville, Texas USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $14,210,464
(31 May 1998)
(11 October 1998)
Did You Know?
The first film made under Sandra Bullock's own production company, Fortis Films.
When Birdie and Justin are at the dance, the band takes a break and Birdie and Justin begin to dance by the juke box, but you can see the band performing on the stage in the background.
You look terrible! You been drinking?
Why does everybody keep asking me if I've been drinking? What? Is there like a coaster stuck to my… butt or something?
I love this movie and think some of the comments are spiteful.
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. To those who are calling it
boring, full of drivel, etc., you are entitled to your opinion, but
please quit stating it as fact. Anyone who has been through an ugly,
painful divorce, been dumped by someone they adored and trusted, or
even just grew up in a smalltown can surely appreciate the feelings
invoked by this movie. The characters, I felt, were much deeper than
some of the other users noticed. Sandra Bullock's character had
subjugated her life to her husband and daughter and then has to rebuild
her identity and self-esteem when her husband leaves. As for the
daughter being too smart-alecky, yes, in places she was. As for her
speaking like a 40-year old, yes she did. However, I taught school for
over thirty years and can guarantee that there are many eight-year-olds
out there who talk this way. Also, the child was hurting and I can tell
you from experience that when a child suffers as a result of divorce
they will many times turn on the one person whom they know will never
pull their love out from under them.
It's a movie that I felt had much more depth than many of these
reviewers noted. I cannot understand the negativity in some of your
reviews. It was a movie that made me feel good. I watched it so much
that I wrote out the tape and am now working on the DVD.
There should be more movies like this one, in my opinion.