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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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Comedy | Romance

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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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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,648,740 (USA) (29 September 2002)

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$127,223,418 (USA)
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Oak Hill, the real name of the house Melanie pretends belongs to her family, is difficult to get to, as the interstate is approximately forty-five minutes away. To direct cast and crew members to the site, yellow signs simply saying "SWA" with arrows pointed out the correct route were put up. Some Berry College students stole these signs as movie mementos. See more »

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Melanie drives past a sign on her way home in Alabama that says "Greenville". Greenville is about two or so hours from the beach. If that's near where she lives, there's no way she would be a kid and at the beach by herself or whipping by the beach after the wedding. If she lives near the beach, she wouldn't be driving through Greenville. See more »

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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.
Pearl Smooter: God knows I do. And only He knows why.
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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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To Think I Used to Love You
Written by Uncle Kracker (as Matthew Shafer) and Michael Bradford
(DJ Homicide Remix))
Performed by Uncle Kracker
Courtesy of Lava Records LLC
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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