Spiritual Content: Although Sister Husband makes Christian statements "The Lord gives us obstacles" and prays at mealtime, she believes reading too much of the Bible is a bad idea because it breeds confusion. And her grace always ends with a flip confession of the latest fornication committed with her elderly gentleman friend, Mr. Sprock, "on this very table. Sexual Content: The sexual ethics conveyed here are pitiful. She also has premarital sex with Forney the two are shown in bed together.
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Meanwhile, Lexie has children by numerous men, never seeming to learn from her mistakes. The sleazy Willy Jack pursues music groupies, underage women a female hitch-hiker who robbed a convenience store and even offers himself to his record producer. In a heavy revelation, Lexie describes walking in on her latest boyfriend only to find him attempting to molest her kids.
Violent Content: Lexie is shown battered and bruised after her confrontation with the pedophile. A woman is physically thrown out of a hotel room and a sexual proposition earns Willy Jack a punch in the nose. A violent tornado creates tense moments as Novalee and her now 2-year-old daughter battle the elements.
Mama Lil grabs an orderly by the crotch to make a point. Sally Field and Joan Cusack both make unflattering cameos as obnoxious, unlikable women who cuss up a storm in their brief screen time. Drug and Alcohol Content: Willy Jack gets drunk before wandering onto the train tracks. Some social drinking. Sister Husband is a recovering alcoholic, as is a softball-playing lawyer. Other Negative Elements: Novalee puts stock in numerology, expressing a fear of the number five. Sure enough, tragic things tend to happen on dates and anniversaries containing the number five.
Summary: A teenager gives birth in a Wal-Mart.
A guy loses his legs after being run over by a train. A woman dies during a twister.
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A young mother is beaten up by a boyfriend after she interrupts him trying to molest her children. If this sounds like southern dysfunction one step removed from Jerry Springer, it is. The screenwriting team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel City Slickers, Splash, Multiplicity, A League of Their Own have traded in their light-hearted commentary and sense of humor for an unappealing character study heavy on amoral pathos. They at least could have cast Jeff Foxworthy to provide some comic relief. To teenage boys, this manipulative story akin to Hope Floats and Steel Magnolias will be about as appealing as a teddy-bear tea party.
Many girls, however, view peer Portman as a role model and will get mixed messages from Novalee. Matt Williams. Bob Smithouser. Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief "Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. Lexie caught Roger trying to molest two of her daughters, then beat up Lexie.
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So the kids and Lexie stay with Novalee for awhile. In Lifetime's Her Desperate Choice , actress Faith Ford plays a mom who takes her daughter away from her father's sexual abuse. In the most random of subplots, Willy Jack gets arrested, writes a country song in jail, and then takes it to a record producer, because the music biz is that easy, right? Suddenly, he's doing pretty well and lands a record deal, which is then canceled after his cellmate claims that the song is his.
Then Willy Jack loses his legs after getting run over by a train. Lifetime's A Country Christmas Story follows a young girl who wants to be country singer and it co-stars Dolly Parton. Forney is the semi-college educated town librarian who secretly loves Novalee. I mean, this dude broke through a Wal-Mart window to help deliver her baby and yet she still insists they're "just friends. After Forney's alcoholic mess of a sister dies, Novalee comforts him and it leads to them finally consummating their attraction. Novalee thinks he's too good for her, so she tells him it meant nothing, that she doesn't love him, and he should go back to Maine to finish college.
Then she sees Willy Jack again and it convinces her she better tell Forney the truth, so she drives up to Maine, shows up at his college, and tells her that she does love him. Yay, happy ending. Isn't it great when the main character finally falls for the right guy? By Mallory Carra. I hope so.
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All it did for me was keep me from dwelling on the possibility of a plane crash. This is one of the Opra's book club books, which is kind of surprising because some of the books in her club are actually decent. Not this one. View all 14 comments.
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Dec 13, Brooke rated it really liked it Shelves: reads. Having seen the movie several times I already really knew this story. This book came out when I was only 5 years old and it is crazy that it has taken me this long to pick it up. I enjoyed it for the most part! The book gives a lot more detail character wise than the movie which was nice on occasion, but I thought the movie did a good job editing the characters especially Willy Jack; there was some unneeded scenes with him.
Having said that this story is filled with great side characters. Moses Having seen the movie several times I already really knew this story. Moses and Certain are a favorite along with quirky Sister Husband. The story as a whole is engaging and heart warming.
It also doesn't shy away from consequences of life choices. View all 4 comments. Mar 19, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: march I think I read a different book then everyone else, because this book was not good. Its overly dramatic with dark subject matter like child abuse, poverty and grief being handled in the most child like and ham handed way possible.
Everything is tied up in a nice little bow at the end. Novalee was such a simpleton and idiot that I kept rooting for her to get hit by a bus. I get it Forrest Gump made everyone want to write a book about a loveable idiot but Novalee is no Forrest Gump.
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I had planned to watch the movie to this book which stars one of my favorite actresses Natalie Portman but I don't think I'll be able to do it. Where The Heart Is was a super fast read so that's why I gave it 2 Stars instead of 1 but I didn't enjoy this book any way.
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Maybe I waited too long to read it or maybe I was never gonna like it. I don't recommend Where The Heart Is May 11, Karina Almeroth rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-fav-books , read-and-own , read One of my all-time fav books. The first time I read it, I bought it from the bookstore at Indro shopping centre before it closed down I was blown away by it then, and even named my daughter after one of the characters Cherry. Rereading it now, it hasn't lost any of its power and beauty. I find it's really a book about th One of my all-time fav books.
I find it's really a book about the kindness of strangers Reading it again I wish it were a longer book More, I want more!! Only cause it is so damn good. My heart hurts after reading this, but it hurts in a good way! Dying to jump straight into it, but with only two books by this amazingly talented author, I may need to cherish and save it for another lazy Saturday afternoon. She may never write another novel!