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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 27 September 2002 (USA)
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A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation.

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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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Melanie's Getting Married  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,648,740, 29 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$127,223,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,399,006
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Trivia

An entire character (along with a subplot about her) was deleted from the film, when test audiences consistently misunderstood her relationship with Andrew. Erin Vanderbilt (played by Katharine Towne) survives in the finished movie only in a newspaper wedding announcement shown to Melanie during the closing credits. See more »

Goofs

When Melanie and her mother are making jam, her boyfriend and her dad come in. Her mother takes off her pot holder but in a different shot the pot holder is still on. See more »

Quotes

Melanie Carmichael: People need a passport to come down here.
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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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Soundtracks

Now That I Know
Written by Eric Bazilian and Shannon McNally
Performed by Shannon McNally
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Reese Witherspoon sweet performance makes this work
21 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Reese Witherspoon terrific heartfelt performance makes this movie work. I originally had my doubts about seeing this one but I bought the DVD and I highly enjoyed the movie. Reese Witherspoon has good chemistry with both Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas. The film although predictable is full of funny moments and a lot of heart.


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