Throwback Thursday-Where The Heart is (2000)

Those who we call family are not always defined by a blood test or a DNA test. Family is defined as someone who cares about us and takes time out of their day to include us in their lives.

In the 2000 movie, Where The Heart Is, Novalee Nation (Natalie Portman) has the unfortunate luck of being a 17-year-old girl who is pregnant (and very near her due date) who has been abandoned by her boyfriend/baby daddy on a cross-country road trip. She is unemployed, has very little money to her name and is temporarily living in a Walmart in a the small town of Sequoyah, Oklahoma. After her daughter is born, Novalee decides to stay in Sequoyah and creates a family from among the strangers who took her and her daughter in.

Before I start my review, I have to state that this movie is based on a book of the same name by that I have not read. The review is solely based on the movie. While the movie is a little schmaltzy, it proves that family is not defined by common DNA and strangers can become family.

I recommend it.

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