Where the Heart Is
Director: Matt Williams
Producer: Matt Williams, David McFadzean,
Susan Cartsonis, Patricia Whitcher
Screenwriter: Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz
Stars: Natalie Portman, Keith David, Stockard
Channing, Ashley Judd, Sally Field, Dylan Bruno
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Year of Release: 2000
Released on Video: 09/26/2000
Novalee is 17 and pregnant. She has never had
a real home. When her musician boyfriend dumps her at an Oklahoma
Wal Mart with nothing but a camera and $5.55 she hides in
the store, keeping track of all the items she steals in case
she ever gets the chance to pay it back. She is discovered
in her hide out just as she is giving birth, and awakes in
a hospital bed to find that she has gained instant celebrity
status in the small town as the mother of “The Wal-Mart
Baby”. Over the next few years she creates a makeshift
family from a group of eccentric friends and realizes her
Watch as Novalee hopes against hope, does what
she can, then finally discovers the gift of friendship and
belonging she longed for.
- Do you believe that your situation is
too overwhelming to ever get a handle on it?
- What are the influences in your life that seem overwhelming
- Do you have some control over simplifying your life?
- Would exercising some of this control you can make things
- Or do you have to face these challenges as Novalee had to?
- Can you see her as a model and find the strength, courage,
and determination inside yourself?