Hope Floats

Theatrical Release: May 29, 1998
DVD Release: January 9, 2001
Hope Floats


Birdee Pruitt(Sandra Bullock) seems to have it all. She’s been married for years to her handsome high school sweetheart, 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 (Gene 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. And Birdee’s growing affection for her childhood friend Justin Matisse (Harry Connick, Jr.), who, she discovers, has carried a torch for her since high school, is another confusing and unwelcome complication. 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.

Dove Review

Sometimes the perfect life is not all that it seems to be. This is a heartwarming story about the bumps and bruises when you return home to that small town and everyone knows what happened. There are so many issues that are dealt with in this movie. Not just relationship between a split-up couple but: the ones around them, and displaying the great emotional upheavels that come from that split up, relationships between mothers and daughters plus the starting over factor in the town you grew up in. There are many things that one could learn from this movie.

At times this “Hope Floats will have you in tears and at others have you laughing. It is a good movie about the effects of separation and divorce on family members. Dove awards this movie the Dove “Family- Approved Seal” for 12+.

Content Description

Sex: Discussion regarding extra marital affair;
Language: H-1, OG - 8, B - Slang for woman's chest
Violence: Arguments; Woman cuts up husbands clothes; Girl bullies and fight with young girl;
Drugs: Main character gets drunk
Nudity: none
Other: Issues with divorce; Death of Parent


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Director: Forest Whitake
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 114 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe