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Sandra Bullock portrays Birdee Pruitt, a woman whose husband and best friend inform her, on national trash TV, that they are having an affair. After this humiliation, Birdee packs up and returns to her hometown (and mother) with her young daughter Bernice (Mae Whitman). Once there, her oddball mother, Ramona Calvert (Gena Rowlands) provides comic relief, and Birdee stumbles across very old boyfriend Justin Matisse (Harry Connick, Jr.) again. Apparently Justin is interested in stirring things up with Birdee, but she seems reluctant to get involved with anyone so soon after her bad marriage - she isn't even divorced yet. (Her mother approves the match and becomes a marvelous matchmaker for Justin and Birdee.) Since Birdee snubbed quite a few people back in high school, not too many people in her old hometown are happy to see her. Dot, a formerly overweight woman whom Birdie evidently mocked in school, now runs the employment agency where Birdie hopes to find a job, although she lacks many skills - other than prom queen. Dot puts Birdie in her place, but eventually put her in a job at a Photomat.
The acting was very convincing, and Connick is certainly easy to look at. I enjoyed Hope Floats, and noticed that the theatre was packed.