Reviewed by Stephenee Snell
Rating: 8 Beans
andra Bullock's star has dimmed somewhat after the success of "Speed", with lemons such as "In Love and War" and "Two If By Sea". Her relationship with actor Matthew McCaunahey, which had survived despite advances by Ashley Judd during the filming of "A Time To Kill" ended. And her expected triumph return with "Speed 2" literally sank. She began developing some projects for herself to star in and produce, looking for a badly needed hit.
"Hope Floats" ain't it, Sandy.
Bullock stars as Birdee Pruitt (Birdee?) who learns of an affair between her best friend and husband while appearing on a TV tabloid talk show. Birdee (Birdee?) packs up daughter Bernice (Bernice?), played by Mae Whitman, heading back home to small town Texas.
What follows is typical "chick-flick" fare: the usual love-hate relationship between daughter Birdee (Birdee?) and eccentric but steel magnolia mom Ramona, played by Gena Rowlands; the precocious but loveable kid; the stereotype small Texas town; the sick and dying relative; and of course, the guy who still loves Birdee (Birdee?) even after all these years, Justin Matisse, played by Harry Connick, Jr.
Will romance develop between Birdee (Birdee?) and Justin or will she go back to her hubby? Was the storyline about the wayward daughter who dumped her son on mom in the original script or was the actress set to play her too embarrased to appear in this mess? Did Rowlands need a paycheck that badly? Will Whitman succeed as a child actor only to eventually suffer from Macauley Culkin Syndrome? Has Connick Jr.'s financial planner advised him that now is not the time to trade singing for acting? Will Birdee (Birdee?) and Bernice (Bernice?) forgive their respective mothers for saddling them with their names? And of course there is that most important question of all: will Bullock find a vehicle to return her to the top or will she be doomed to a "Speed 3"?
This "Hope" needs a whole lot more than a life preserver to "Float."
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