Parents' Guide to

Hope Floats

By Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Redemptive drama ready made for family viewing.

Movie PG-13 1998 114 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Excellent movie. Great chick flick. But common sense media has it wrong. There is a little bit of sexy stuff in it.

Common sense media has it wrong when they say there is no sexy stuff. There’s a scene where the main character talks with another character about how they kissed during a spin the bottle episode. The main female character mentions that this male character put his tongue in her mouth when kissing. Just thought I would mention that. Overall, I absolutely love this movie. It is such a touching movie. I think it gets bad reviews because it is considered melodramatic but movie reviewers always have a political agenda. This is a good movie and well acted. All the characters do a great job in my opinion. A great chick flick.
age 10+

Awesome movie

I love this movie. I have seen it so many times. I love it. It's one of my all-time favorites. It's right up there with dirty dancing. Practical magic and overboard. I've probably seen it at least a hundred times and it still makes me cry.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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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