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Where the Heart Is
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Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman), 17 and very pregnant, has never been part of a real home. The closest thing to family for the hard-luck teen is her selfish, would-be musician boyfriend, Willy Jack, with whom she's traveling from Tennessee to California in a rust bucket that used to be a Plymouth. A bathroom stop en route, at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart, changes Novalee's life forever. For when she leaves the store, she discovers that Willy Jack and the Plymouth are gone. Forced to take refuge back in the store, Natalie has her baby in the aisles of Wal-Mart and becomes an overnight celebrity. At long last, Natalie begins to put her life together with the help of the quirky strangers who become her surrogate family.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Poor script and messy plot undermines the decent cast.
Globe and Mail
Not possessing much in the way of a character arc, saints are boring to watch and impossible to ac...
June 17, 2017
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The scenes feel forced, producing episodic plotting and calling attention to the characters' super...
June 17, 2017
Dallas Morning News
Funny, fresh and reassuring.
June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
A chick flick that's as yummy as eating bon-bons.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language and that Novalee and Lexie have children without being married. Sister Husband prays for forgiveness for "fornication." Women have sex with men who abandon them. One character has sex with someone who has suffered a loss, and the implication is that this is a form of comfort. A character abuses drugs and alcohol, and three others are alcoholics (two recovering). One character is killed, and two others are badly injured. A man attempts to molest two children (off-screen).
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama, Chick Flick
- Release Date:April 28, 2000
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD