By Billie Letts
Natalie Portman stars as Novalee Nation, who is 17, seven months pregnant and 37 pounds overweight—and now finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, holding just $7.77 in change in the 2000 adaptation of Billie Letts' 1996 novel. Forced to realize her no-good boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens has left her with empty pockets and empty dreams, Novalee is about to discover treasures hidden in Sequoyah. Ashley Judd and Stockard Channing co-star. Where the Heart Is was a 1998 Oprah's Book Club pick.