• Publication date: June 1, 2011

True Love Is Closer To Home Than Imagined Hope Floats: Sometimes Pain Leads To Happiness

Birdee Pruitt is a small town Texan girl who migrated to Chicago. During her youth Birdee was considered the most beautiful and popular girl in high school.

Birdee Pruitt is a small town Texan girl who migrated to Chicago. During her youth Birdee was considered the most beautiful and popular girl in high school.

Unfortunately, she was also known for her snobbery and conceit, a quality amplified after she left for the big city. In Chicago Birdee resides with her womanizing husband, Bill.

Although Bill is not the ideal mate, he does pay the bills and allow Birdee to live a fairly comfortable life. However her big city dream transforms into a nightmare when she is invited onto a Jerry Springer-like talk show under the guise that she will receive a makeover.

Indeed, she does receive a makeover of sorts � one that would change her life forever. Once on the show Birdee discovers that her best friend has been having an affair with Bill and that he is uninterested in pursuing the marriage any further.

Crushed, Birdee decides to return to her humble hometown. However upon arrival she is humiliated: the entire town watched her talk show appearance, and was certainly not sad that the arrogant, big city beauty queen fell from grace.

Yet Birdee�s plight is perhaps of lesser importance than her daughter�s, Bernice. Though adult consensus has determined Bill is a creep, Bernice continues to view him as her loving father.

This complicates her mother�s relationship with former high school sweetheart Justin Matisse, who Bernice bitterly rejects as a father figure, certain that her daddy will return.

Meanwhile the soon-to-be divorcee struggles to find employment in a town where no one is a stranger, and family histories are known by all. It surely doesn�t help that her caseworker at the local unemployment office was a high school foe who asserts, �I don't see a listing here for prom queen.� Nevertheless Birdee does manage to find work at a photo-processing lab, despite ruining numerous rolls of film.

Despite settling into their new surroundings, both Bernice and her mother yearn for their former life. Is there any chance that Bill and Birdee can reconcile?

This movie is rated PG-13 for thematic elements.

Year: 1998

Runtime: 114 mins

Genre: Romance/ Drama

Starring:

Sandra Bullock

Harry Connick Jr.

Gena Rowlands

Mae Whitman

Michael Par�

Cameron Finley

Kathy Najimy

Directed by: Forest Whitaker