Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday's Film Adaption: Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town--a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her--and you, too--on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is.

A pregnant teenager is ditched by her boyfriend on their way to California in Oklahoma. She decides to stay in Oklahoma and raise her daughter with the help of her new friends.
Release dates: April 28, 2000
Running time: 120 minutes
Natalie Portman as Novalee Nation
Ashley Judd as Lexie Coop
Stockard Channing as Thelma "Sister" Husband
Joan Cusack as Ruth Meyers
James Frain as Forney Hull
Dylan Bruno as Willy Jack Pickens
Keith David as Moses Whitecotton
Richard Andrew Jones as Mr. Sprock
Sally Field as Mama Lil
Angee Hughes as Religious woman
Margaret Hoard as Mary Elizabeth Hull
Mackenzie Fitzgerald as Americus Nation
David Alvarado as Tommy Reynolds
Richard Nance as Johnny DeSotto
Bob Coonrod as Ernie


I haven't read the book but I absolutely love the movie.  It's one of my favorites and I fell in love with Natalie Portman's acting talents after seeing the movie.  It's not only a romance between Novalee and Forney but also a tale of friendship and finding your place in the world.  Novalee and Lexie's friendship is a great example of sisterhood and that soulmates aren't just in romance but that we all have that one friend that is perfect for us.  We all have dreams but sometimes we end up finding our place in this world right where we are or in Novalee's case, where she was abandoned and stranded. The title may seem cliche but sometimes cliche is a cliche because it's true and that's what Where the Heart Is is about.

Author Bio:
Billie Letts (born in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American author. Earlier she worked as a professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She was married to Dennis Letts until his death in 2008, and is the mother of playwright and actor Tracy Letts and jazz musician and composer Shawn Letts.



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