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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  27 September 2002 (USA)
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A young woman with a Southern background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.



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Melanie Carmichael, an up and rising fashion designer in New York, has gotten almost everything she wished for since she was little. She has a great career and the JFK-like fiancée of New York City. But when he proposes to her, she doesn't forget about her family back down South. More importantly, her husband back there, who refuses to divorce her ever since she sent divorce papers seven years ago. To set matters straight, she decides to go to the south quick and make him sign the papers. When things don't turn out the way she planned them, she realizes that what she had before in the south was far more perfect than the life she had in New York City. Written by kay

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melanie's Getting Married  »

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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,648,740 (USA) (27 September 2002)


$526,003 (Japan) (20 June 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Keni Thomas, lead singer of the band Cornbread that plays in the fair scene is a real-life survivor of Task Force Ranger and is portrayed in the film Black Hawk Down (2001) (the trooper with the inhaler). See more »


When Melanie's Father Earl returns home from the battlefield with Andrew he says, "Look what I found walking down I-58". If the movie is set in Pigeon Creek, Alabama then the only interstate anywhere close to that is I-65. See more »


Bobby Ray: You can take the girl out of the honky tonk, but you can't take the honky tonk out of the girl.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits some photos are shown with the cast. In a sequence of them Melanie's parents are "scared" by a punk with a pierced tongue, Mel's co-worker from the beginning of the movie, who comments on her accent when she dreams. See more »


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I can't seem to stop watching this film...
19 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I was surprised to find the rating when I first checked it out, but I suppose it's a matter of personal experience and the taste that goes with it. I like to be reminded of my own personal experience (which is similar) and compare it to what the main character goes through in the movie. I suppose you'll like it if it means something to you, so if you've got issues with your past (relationships, particularly) and you like happy endings, give this film a shot. There's a bit of stereotyping in the film though, but they're presented humorously, so I didn't really mind. Besides, they aren't very damaging stereotypes (at least in my view), nor very annoying ones.

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