Where the Heart Is (2000)


“You feel that? That little bom-bom-bom? That’s where the heart is.” – Novalee Nation

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young pregnant girl is stranded at a Walmart and must find a way to deal with life on her own in an unfamiliar small town.

My Take on it – I have been a Natalie POrtman fan for years and was interested in seeing what this film was all about.

They do a nice job with this romance film despite the fact that it feels too much as if it is based on a teen romance novel.

There are both good and bad reasons for this; first of all, it allows us to believe some of the crazy plot points during the course of the film but on the other hand, the characters all seem very underdeveloped despite the fact that they could have used the source novel to help make us care about these characters.

The cats of this film is quite talented yet they don;t feel utilized ell enough.

Besides Portman, this film star Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusack.

All four of them are quite strong and powerful female characters, but this film completely lacks even one strong male persona which makes it seem as if there might be an agenda behind it all.

The plot itself feels a bit too contrived throughout the film and that hurts things a bit.

The fact tho that this film has a nice message about forgiveness of others for their past transgressions in order to free oneself to be able to move forward in life shines through the whole time and that helps make it worthwhile watching at least once.

Bottom Line – Nice romance film that definitely feels as if it was adapted from a teen romance novel.  That’s both good and bad because it allows us to accept some of the crazy plot points yet also makes one wonder how the characters are so underdeveloped despite having the book as the main source. The cast is quite good and Portman, Judd, Channing and Cusack all give us strong and powerful female figures  The lack of strong male figures is blatantly missing and that makes this film feel as if it has an agenda.  The plot feels a bit too contrived but still manages to have a nice message about finding a way to forgive others for past transgressions in order to find a way to move forward in life.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the scenes filmed in Wal-Mart, various pictures of Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) had to be removed. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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