Where the Heart Is

April 28th, 2000


Where the Heart Is

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Ashley Judd stars as LexieNovalee meets SisterNovalee marries ForneyJoan Cusack co-stars as Nashville music agent, Ruth MeyerDylan Bruno co-stars as Willy JackLexie & Novalee

A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.5/10 (16,432 voted)

Critic's Score: 30/100

Director: Matt Williams

Stars: Natalie Portman, James Frain, Ashley Judd

Novalee Nation is a pregnant 17-year-old from Tennessee heading to California with her boyfriend Willie Jack, but is abandoned by him at a Wal-Mart store in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Novalee has no job, no skills and only $5.55 in her pocket, so she secretly lives in the Wal-Mart until her daughter Americus is born six weeks later. Novalee decides to raise her daughter and rebuild her life in Sequoyah, with the help of eccentric but kind strangers. Based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts.

Writers: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel

Natalie Portman - Novalee Nation
Ashley Judd - Lexie Coop
Stockard Channing - Sister Husband
Joan Cusack - Ruth Meyers
James Frain - Forney Hull
Dylan Bruno - Willy Jack Pickens
Keith David - Moses Whitecotten
Ray Prewitt - Tim
Laura House - Nicki
Karey Green - Rhonda
Mary Ashleigh Green - Girl in Bathroom
Kinna McInroe - Wal-Mart Clerk
Laura Auldridge - Wal-Mart Assistant Manager
Alicia Godwin - Jolene
Dennis Letts - Sheriff

Taglines: Laughter is harder... Friendship is stronger... Trust is deeper... When it comes from the heart.

Release Date: 28 April 2000

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,292,939 (USA) (30 April 2000) (2437 Screens)

Gross: $33,771,174 (USA) (3 September 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The Walmart featured in the movie is in Lockhart, Texas.

Continuity: When Novalee runs out of the Walmart, one of the vehicles in the car park disappears between shots.

Orderly: Lexie, one of your kids is on the phone.
Lexie Coop: Which one?
Orderly: Oh, I don't know. Pez? Twinkie? One of 'em.

User Review

Gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Rating: 10/10

This is one of those movies where you feel "all is right with the world" when it's over. It is inspirational - in the midst of the violence and profanity that occurs in life, it reminds you that there are still good, honest and decent people. I admire the fact that a wonderful movie was created without nudity, very little violence or excess profanity (were there 4-letter words in the movie?). I admit, it's somewhat of a fantasy that good things happen only to good people and bad things to bad people - but it makes you feel good about the outcome all the same.


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