Where the Heart IsApril 28, 2000
A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 6.5/10 (16,432 voted)
Critic's Score: 30/100
Stars: Natalie Portman, James Frain, Ashley Judd
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.
Writers: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Willy Jack Pickens
Mary Ashleigh Green
Girl in Bathroom
Wal-Mart Assistant Manager
Laughter is harder… Friendship is stronger… Trust is deeper… When it comes from the heart.
Release Date: 28 April 2000
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,292,939
(30 April 2000)
(3 September 2000)
Did You Know?
The Walmart featured in the movie is in Lockhart, Texas.
When Novalee runs out of the Walmart, one of the vehicles in the car park disappears between shots.
Lexie, one of your kids is on the phone.
Oh, I don't know. Pez? Twinkie? One of 'em.
Gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling.
This is one of those movies where you feel "all is right with the world"
when it's over. It is inspirational – in the midst of the violence and
profanity that occurs in life, it reminds you that there are still good,
honest and decent people. I admire the fact that a wonderful movie was
created without nudity, very little violence or excess profanity (were
4-letter words in the movie?). I admit, it's somewhat of a fantasy that
things happen only to good people and bad things to bad people – but it
makes you feel good about the outcome all the same.