Where the Heart Is Movie Review Summary

Actors: Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Where the Heart Is

Novalee Nation is a young pregnant woman. While on her way to California with her no good boyfriend/baby's father, Willie Jack Pickens, she suddenly finds herself abandoned and alone at a Wal Mart in Sequoia Oklahoma. They had a made a pit stop at Wal Mart so Novalee could use the restroom and buy some new shoes, since she lost her shoes through a rusted out hole in the floor of the car they were driving.
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    Novalee has no choice but to take up residence in the Wal Mart for six weeks since she has no family or friends to speak of to come to her rescue. She hides in the bathroom just before closing time just to re emerge when the store is clear of employees and customers. She soon finds herself in labor and about to give birth IN THE WALMART, when the town librarian, who has been following her, busts through a window and delivers her child.

    Novalee soon finds herself a National Celebrity after being given the title, of the "Woman who gave birth to the Wal Mart Baby". She is soon befriended by a friendly Nurse's aid and also by a kindly woman who gives Novalee and her new baby girl, Americus, a home. She also develops a fast friendship with the town librarian, Forney, Who delivered her child.

    Novalee soon finds herself falling deeper into love with Fornee, as well as he with her, however, after learning of his background as coming from a wealthy East Coast family, she is conflicted about her feelings as she feels that he is "Out of her League".
The review of this Movie prepared by Stephanie

Novalee Nation is an immature pregnant girl from the South who joins her boyfriend on a road trip to California. He dumps her at a Walmart in Oklahoma, and she continues living there with nowhere else to go until her baby is born in aisle 6 during the night. A friend takes her in and she lives there for a while, while her boyfriend goes off to California and has a hit song. Novalee continues building a life in Oklahoma and the two later converge, making mostly a story of character development.
The review of this Movie prepared by K. Danielsson

    Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman) is 17, pregnant, and abandoned by her boyfriend in a Wal-Mart. After a brief moment of fame giving birth to her baby in the Wal-Mart, she has to survive in the small town of Sequoyah, Oklahoma. She and her baby, Americus Nation, learn to be strong and to love, even though they have been emotionally hurt before. Ashley Judd plays Novalee's best friend and the victim of domestic violence, while Stockard Channing plays the nice woman who takes Novalee in those first days after Wal-Mart. Novalee also falls in love with Forney Hull, the librarian, who she initially feels is too good for her because of his more extensive eductation. In the end, Novalee learns the importance of having people who love you, and, where the heart is.
The review of this Movie prepared by Margaret

The movie tracks Novelee Nation's struggle with motherhood, death of a loved one, and discarded true love. Throughout the story she learns what it means to be herself and how she affects the world. In the end she finds true happiness and a house without wheels. The movie is a sappy melodrama along the lines of Steel Magnolias.
The review of this Movie prepared by Kelly Alleman

"Heartwarming, touching, and funny." --The Capital times.

One "F" word in this movie. It is rated "PG-13" by the MPAA. There are sexual references in this movie. Acceptable for most children.

From the back of the movie:

Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman star in this offbeat, delicious slice of life about a down-on-her-luck southern teen who, after gaining 15 minutes of fame for giving birth to "The Walmart Baby," begins to put her life together with the help of the kind, quirky strangers who become her surrogate family. Based on the #1 best-selling novel by Billie Letts, this "Brilliantly funny, deeply moving, beautifully acted" (KNX/CBS Radio) film costars Stockard Channing and Joan Cusack in an inspiring celebration of love and friendship.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jessica W

Script Analysis of Where the Heart Is

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   Unprepared for birthing/child rearing Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American West Woman/class/friends story?    -   woman's story    -   story of lower class Lover is...    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   prison    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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