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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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Comedy | Romance

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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Pearl Smooter: Your daddy... Lord, but I was a fool for that man. I couldn't even put one foot in front of the other. I just kept thinking, "Oh, preacher, hurry up before he changes his mind!" Now that man makes me so crazy sometimes I could wring his neck!
Melanie Carmichael: You still love him, though.
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Felony Melanie!!
30 October 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Where do i start with this movie? Fantastic, had me hooked from the start, they were on to a winner as soon as they cast Dakota Fanning as 'young' Melanie. Now i'm a sucker for good 'chick Flicks' and this one tops my list, Reese shines as Melanie, the girl who realises that what she's been looking for was right there at home waiting for her. Josh Lucas makes a fabulous performance as Jake, her estranged high school Hubby who's never got her out of his mind. If you are in the mood for a good old fashioned romance with some great country thrown in then this is the one for you, i've lost count how many times i have seen this now and i'll never tire of it. Even if this isn't your kind of film i challenge you to watch it and not feel good, practically impossible.

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