Natalie.....Joan.....Stockard. I have the fondest memories watching this movie on probably the lifetime or hallmark channel growing up, eating grilled cheeses in summer sitting in the air conditioning. I related to Novalee's dumbness and aspired to her strength and flexibility.
An interesting narrative structure, great camerawork and direction, very good performances and the jarring mix of genuinely funny and touching sequences with downright disturbing ones all elevate this film to well above average. Although let down by a predictable and sappy ending, this film hit all the right notes for me. 4/5