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Sweet November (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 February 2001 (USA)
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A workaholic executive, and an unconventional woman agree to a personal relationship for a short period. In this short period she changes his life.

Director:

Pat O'Connor

Writers:

Herman Raucher, Paul Yurick (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Nelson Moss
Charlize Theron ... Sara Deever
Jason Isaacs ... Chaz Watley
Greg Germann ... Vince Holland
Liam Aiken ... Abner
Robert Joy ... Raeford Dunne
Lauren Graham ... Angelica
Michael Rosenbaum ... Brandon / Brandy
Frank Langella ... Edgar Price
Jason Kravits ... Manny
Ray Baker ... Buddy Leach
Tom Bullock Tom Bullock ... Al
Adele Proom Adele Proom ... Osiris
L. Peter Callender L. Peter Callender ... Don Watson, DMV Proctor
June Carryl ... Beatrice (as June Lomena)
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Storyline

The story centers around a man and a woman, whose fates are intertwined and will change forever. Nelson is an avid advertiser living in San Francisco. One day, during a driving test, he meets Sara, a beautiful but seemingly eccentric woman. But, she is falsely accused of cheating and ends up failing the test because of Nelson. After getting kicked out of the exam, Sara waits for him outside and starts to insult him. However, Nelson ignores her and takes off. Then, she traces him down and shows up at his place. She promises to leave him alone only if he gives her a ride. Later that night, she asks him to live with her throughout November on the promise that his life will change for the better. He turns her down saying that he has a girlfriend. On the first day of November, after being fired and dumped on the very same day, Nelson decides to give it a try and then somehow, agrees to spend the whole month with Sara and finds himself in a desperate love affair that he will remember for ... Written by Emre Gunes

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She Just Needed A Month To Change His Life Forever.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doce Novembro See more »

Filming Locations:

Daly City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,015,226, 18 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,288,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,754,228
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of the dogs rescued by Charlize Theron in this film (the one she re-homed and later took back) also played Verdell in As Good as It Gets (1997). See more »

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When Sara and Nelson take the dogs to the beach, Sara has three dogs on a leash. Nelson has two. That makes five. They set the dogs free to run and for the rest of the beach scene there are only three dogs. See more »

Quotes

Sara: So, besides your job, what else makes you miserable?
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Alternate Versions

In order to get a 'PG-13' instead of a 'R' the scene where Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron are in a bathtub together and some dialogue had to be edited/changed (you don't see how his head goes under water and that she laughs). See more »

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This film deserves a good review...
29 April 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Especially since I am not really a fan of romantic comedies/drama. This is not really a comedy per se, as there is a dramatic element to it, and the performances should not be so easily dismissed.

Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves look good together; Keanu is not playing a superficial action role, so the focus is not on him. This is a good thing, especially as we can then appreciate Charlize Theron's performance as Sara Deaver, a quirky girl who Nelson (Keanu) meets at the DMV in San Francisco. San Francisco is an interesting backdrop- the positive aspects of it are emphasized, and it becomes another character in the film.

Jason Isaccs plays Chaz Cherry, the local cross-dresser who is Theron's friend and confidante. He does well in this, and last night I actually saw him in "Friends With Money", wherein his talent was literally wasted. Liam Aiken portrays Abner, who is quasi-adopted by Theron and Reeves, as their relationship develops.

There are some funny scenes, like where Greg Germann (Reeves' co-worker at an ad agency) orders cappuccino and is told off by the waitress. Also where Reeves is presenting an ad campaign for hot dogs, and he eventually flips out.

The film works because it is not a gushing romance film; I am not a big fan of Reeves but he was very good in this film. Theron was excellent, as always, and there are some beautiful shots of the Bay in San Francisco, a nice backdrop for a bittersweet romance.


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