A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Birdee grabs her daughter Bernice's arm during an argument. A classmate beats Bernice up after class.
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Products & Purchases
Birdee works in a 1-hour photo lab.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one scene, Birdee gets drunk at the local bar and stays out all night.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie deals with the separation of Birdee Pruitt and her husband Bill after Birdee learns that he has been having an affair with her best friend on a national talk show. The separation is traumatic to the couple's daughter, Bernice, and the film may be difficult for children who have had to deal with their parents' separation or divorce. Characters drink and argue. Sexual activity is referenced, but neither shown nor discussed in detail. The film also deals frankly with death. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For the most part, it's easy, unchallenging entertainment; nothing's really wrong with the film, it just lacks distinction. If HOPE FLOATS has any lesson at its core, it's that there's nothing like your hometown to humble you. Forest Whitaker's direction manages to avoid any serious pitfalls. The greatest attraction the film has to offer is the inimitable Gena Rowlands as Birdie's eccentric, quick-witted mother.
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