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Reviewed September 11th, 2000 by John Randall


You may have heard this movie is another “chick flick”, but it really isn’t. What you have is an interesting comedy drama with some really wild characters.

You can’t give too much of a plot on this one because you’ll give too much away and there are so many twists and turns. The basic plot is Natalie Portman plays a pregnant young woman who is abandoned by her pathetic boyfriend at a Wal-Mart of all places. She ends up staying for a few weeks at night inside the Wal-Mart until one night she gives birth inside the place.

From there the viewer is introduced to a variety of odd characters played by Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, Keith David and an appearance by Sally Field. We get to see how Novalee (Portman) really grows up, accepts true kindness by people around her and her daughter Americus and about self-sacrifice.

Even though most of the characters and situations are really funny, there are some outstanding performances here with some sensitive matter throughout the story.

The movie is good and so is the DVD.

The video is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and is very well done. This is a rather strong presentation from the folks at Fox. Colors and black levels seem dead on most of the time and there seems to be no compression problems.

The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and works very well from this mostly dialogue movie. The sound stage stays at the front for most of the film, but there are some really good sounding scenes.

The extras are a bit lacking with a few trailers and TV-spots and a pretty lame music video by the Warren Brothers in 2.0.

Whatever you may have heard about this movie, or if you’ve watched the preview, this movie is different and you just might want to give it a chance. It’s rated PG-13 and runs about two hours.


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