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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 City socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation.

Director:

Andy Tennant

Writers:

Douglas J. Eboch (story), C. Jay Cox (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Melanie Smooter
Josh Lucas ... Jake Perry
Patrick Dempsey ... Andrew Hennings
Candice Bergen ... Mayor Kate Hennings
Mary Kay Place ... Pearl Smooter
Fred Ward ... Earl Smooter
Jean Smart ... Stella Kay Perry
Ethan Embry ... Bobby Ray
Melanie Lynskey ... Lurlynn
Courtney Gains ... Sheriff Wade
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Dorothea
Rhona Mitra ... Tabatha Wadmore-Smith
Nathan Lee Graham ... Frederick Montana
Sean Bridgers ... Eldon
Fleet Cooper ... Clinton
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Storyline

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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Fall... in love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melanie's Getting Married See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,648,740, 29 September 2002

Gross USA:

$127,223,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,622,424
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

American Humane Association monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed in the making of this film. (aha 00302) See more »

Goofs

Melanie jokingly asks if the Piggly Wiggly ran out of soap. There is no Piggly Wiggly within 100 miles of where the story is set. See more »

Quotes

Lurlynn: You know he went up there?
Melanie Carmichael: Who? Jake?
Lurlynn: I'm not supposed to know but Clinton let it slip once.
Melanie Carmichael: When?
Lurlynn: About a year after you left. He told Clinton he'd never seen anything like it. He knew that it would take more than an apology to get you back. He'd have to conquer the world first. He's been trying ever since.
Melanie Carmichael: That's why he kept sending the papers back.
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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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Written by Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Pharrell Williams, and Chad Hugo
Performed by No Doubt
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A charming and funny comedy movie.
21 March 2005 | by cineasten89See 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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