Title: Hope Floats
Fix: Romantic Comedy, Texas, Mother/Daughter Relationships, Sandra Bullock
Humiliated after learning of her husband’s infidelity on national TV, young mother Birdee returns to her hometown as her mother plays matchmaker.
Former beauty queen, Birdee, goes back to her small Texas town, to mend her broken heart, after her marriage implodes in a spectacularly public fashion. She has to figure out what she wants to do with her life - once she’s done stumbling around like a trainwreck. Luckily, she’s helped out by her tough love mother, and her adorable moppet daughter. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s pursued by former classmate turned hot architect, Justin.
Sandra Bullock as Birdee Pruitt
Harry Connick, Jr. as Justin Matisse
The most difficult thing to buy in this movie is how dismissive everyone in town seems to be of the totally adorable Justin. He builds houses? He’s super sweet to old women and children? Yes, what a loser.
Gena Rowlands as Ramona Calvert
Ramona is a delightful character, who doesn't care a bit what anyone thinks of her, and always has hilariously practical advice for all occasions. This is perfect casting.
Mae Whitman as Bernice Pruitt
Baby Mae Whitman! Don’t you just want to squeeze her cheeks and put her in your purse?
Couch-Sharing Capability: Girls Night Out
Gather up your woohoo girls for a bit of southern swoon (but don’t forget those tissues)! I’d like to be able to tell you that this just a Hollywood version of Texas. But no, I know a grown woman named Birdie, and I have been drunk in that same sweaty dance hall. It’s in the middle of nowhere, and it does not have air-conditioning. You can also congratulate yourselves on making better life choices than Birdee and I.
Recommended Level of Inebriation: Longneck Bottles
You’re gonna need some drinks. Especially to get through the first ten minutes. (When Sandra cries, I cry.) And then after that, because Birdee shouldn’t have to drink alone. Drinks all around! They go perfectly with the soundtrack on a hot summer porch night, Trust 1998 me.
Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Mama Knows
This is a quiet rom-com. There's no dramatic chase scene at the airport, or to the big concert, or on the wedding day. And I kind of like that. I’m betting your summer could use a good swoon, and a good cry. 90’s era Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. Two-stepping, dance hall bars, and mamas dispensing life lessons. It works for country songs, and for rom-coms. You don’t even need to put your boots on!