Hope Floats

Synopsis: Birdee Calvert-Pruitt is back in her hometown of Smithville, Texas, after discovering that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Connie. The entire town knows what happened to flawless beauty Birdee since Connie let her know about the affair on a national talk show. Back in town, she's dealing with catty old friends and acquaintances from high school who can't help rubbing it in her face that she isn't as perfect as she thought while still trying to get back on her feet with her daughter, Bernice. Deeply depressed, she runs into an old friend, Justin Matisse, who tries to help her through, but is still in love with her. Birdee must make a new life for her and her daughter, but will Justin be able to be part of it?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Forest Whitaker
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  3 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Think it over

What's that funny smell?


Is this where you were cream of corn?

Queen of Corn, honey,

three years running.

A feat unsurpassed

in the history of Smithville.


Okay, so maybe that was

a long time ago...

...but believe me, honey, once upon a time,

your mama knew what it meant to shine.

Before you break my heart

Think it over

Oh, you're here.

You're actually here.

Oh, my baby. My babies.


Take this with you.

Oh, look at you.

You are so pretty.

You look just like my mama,

you know that?

And Bird--

Hey, Mama.

Birdee, you take up drinking?

No, I have not.

You mean, this is you stone sober?

You look just awful.

Well, l feel awful, Mama.

Well, you look it.

Well, l feel it.

Well, you look it.

Here, let me take one of those.

Come on, honey, l got a present for you.

Here, Mom.

l just can't believe you're here.

Okay, now.


That's a present from

your grandpa and me.

How is Daddy?

Oh, he's fine.

He has a cold this week,

so we can't see him till Saturday.

But he's fine.


It's a bunny purse.

You don't like stuffed animals?

That's all right.

We'll get you settled first.

But be very quiet, because

we don't want to wake up Travis.

You remember your cousin, don't you?

He got so excited waiting for you all

to arrive, he just pooped out.

You see those?

They're scaredy-cats.

Get it?

Your grandpa made a fortune off of them.

Birdee, lock the door.

You want to be murdered in your bed?

Don't worry, sweetheart.

If they bite you, they got rubber teeth.

Did Grandma kill those animals herself?

No, honey, they come here already dead.

See, this way, they live forever.

As scaredy-cats.

Yeah, as scaredy-cats.

This is a nice room, isn't it?

See that door right there?

It leads right into mine.

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Steven Rogers

Steven Rogers is an American screenwriter from Seattle, Washington. Rogers has written the screenplays for a number of films, including Hope Floats (1998), Stepmom (1998), Kate & Leopold (2001), P.S. I Love You (2007) and Love the Coopers (2015). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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