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

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27 September 2002 (USA)  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$198,788 (Japan) (13 June 2003)

Gross:

$526,003 (Japan) (20 June 2003)
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This was Patrick Dempsey and Courtney Gains second movie together. They played BFFs in 1987's "Can't Buy Me Love". See more »

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When Jake and Melanie are talking inside of Jake's house, Jake is standing in front of some candles, and one goes out. In the next shot, it is burning again. See more »

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Melanie Carmichael: Bobby Ray, it's not like that.
Bobby Ray: No, I'll tell you what it's not like. It's not like Jake's the only one you run out on.
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Sickeningly sweet
17 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is easily the worst film based on a Lynyrd Skynyrd song. Unfortunately, it's also the best. That should change once my script for " 'That Smell': A Scratch-and-Sniff Musical" hits the big screen.

In the meantime, we must settle for "Sweet Home Alabama," with Reese Witherspoon as Melanie, a successful New York fashion designer engaged to marry Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), an eligible bachelor who is also the son of a rising politician (Candice Bergen). Before Melanie and Andrew can wed, she must serve divorce papers on her husband (Josh Lucas) back in Alabama. I guess she's never heard of registered mail.

Witherspoon does an adequate job following the well-worn path previously taken by romantic comedy queens Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock, but the phony Southern accent wears thin after about 10 minutes. In fact, the film is so full of stereotypes — the trashy locals, the indignant politician, the gay sidekick — you keep waiting for the in-breeding joke. That never arrives, thankfully, but then again, it might have provided a needed laugh as relief from the sentimental schmaltz.

Will Melanie continue on her upwardly mobile path and marry the dim-witted but rich mama's boy, or will she return to her roots and her dim-witted but sincere husband? If you have to ask, then this is the film for you.


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