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Hope Floats

Director:Forest Whitaker
Writer:Steven Rogers
Director of Photography:Caleb Deschanel
Editor:Richard Chew
Music:Dave Grusin
Production Designer:Larry Fulton
Producer:Lynda Obst
20th Century Fox; PG-13; 114 minutes
Release:6/98
Cast:Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr., Gena Rowlands, Mae Whitman, Michael Pare, Cameron Finley, Rosanna Arquette and Kathy Najimy

Bullock put the brakes on her streak of disastrous action flicks to do this sweet-as-molasses romantic comedy by Forest Whitaker. The perfect vehicle for her “girl-next-door” charms, she plays Birdee Pruitt, a woman who moves back to her small hometown after finding out (live on a national talk show no less) that her husband (Paré) is having an affair with her best friend (Arquette). Rowlands is a hoot as her overbearing mom, but it's Connick who steals the show as the ultra-smooth gentleman caller, Justin Matisse, who turns out to be Birdee's second chance at love. Despite some fine performances, a banal script sinks Hope Floats.


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