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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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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 »


On the beach in the rainstorm, Melanie moves in to kiss Jake with her hand grasping in his face. In the overhead shot, Melanie is throwing both her arms around his neck. See more »


Melanie Carmichael: You're the first boy I ever kissed, Jake, and I want you to be the last.
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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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A charming and funny comedy movie.
21 March 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I am glad I didn't listen to critics and watched this movie! It is a very good movie with charm, humor, sadness and most of all, genial acting! Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas are the two characters that you can relate to. Especially the dog part is very fun. I think what makes this movie good is that it is a story you can relate to, but made with humor. Yet there are a part sadness in the story.

It begins with that Melanie is asked by the son of the mayor if she wants to marry him. Then she says yes, but she has things to make up and decides to go down to her hometown in Alabama to get a divorce from her husband who she hasn't met for years, not after she lost her child and he was drunk on their wedding.

The concept and plot is very smart, when the tone is told with humour even in situations that are serious. In fact, if the movie hadn't humor, it had been falling apart. The humor is lifting the story to a little more than just good. It is so fun, so full of genial and amusing characters, excellent acting and an excellent ending. Maybe a movie that mostly girls like to watch, but anyway a good movie.

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