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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.

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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 »

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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reese Witherspoon and Ethan Embry starred A Far Off Place (1993) when they were sixteen and fourteen, respectively. See more »

Goofs

When Melanie's lawyer, Mr. Buford, tries to find Melanie, he asks the townspeople if they know where Melanie Carmichael is. But, if Buford is handling her divorce, he would have to know her real last name--Smooter--otherwise he couldn't get the divorce granted. Divorces can only be granted to the same persons who were married, and Melanie Carmichael never existed, much less married Jake. See more »

Quotes

Melanie Carmichael: Well, you must be Jake's hot date. I'm Melanie, Jake's snotty Yankee bitch wife whom he refuses to divorce.
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Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Sheryl Crow
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18 May 2007 | by WinterMaidenSee all my reviews

Yes, the South is different. But isn't it sad that the song "Sweet Home Alabama," which was written in the first place to object to sweeping generalizations about demon-Southerners (all Southerners being white, of course, in this anti-Southern view) is now gracing a movie that cozies right up to Southern stereotypes? (And for those objecting to the sentiments of the song, perhaps you should learn a little bit more about Lynyrd Skynard and Neil Young, and what that song actually said about their attitudes--and how Young responded. What Skynard meant by the song and how SOME of their audience have interpreted it over the years are two different things, just like Springsteen's "Born in the USA" has been used for political purposes that are the opposite of the song's sentiments.)

For people who think every white Southerner's favorite evening wear is a white sheet with burning cross as accessory, they can gloat over the stupid hicks in this film. For people who want to fantasize that we can still live in Mayberry, they can groove on how pretty it all is. (Mostly.) People see what they expect to see. (Except black folks, who'd better not expect to see black folks living in the Alabama of THIS movie.) Reese Witherspoon herself, a well-bred Episcopalian débutante from Nashville, is a negation of Southern stereotypes, and an example of the Southerners we never see as characters in movies.

Meanwhile the movie itself is so innocuous that it dissolves while you're watching it. I've been sitting through the unending USA Network commercials for their showing of the flick, and getting the impression that the only reason they're showing it is to piggyback on the popularity of Dr. McDreamy.

I suppose there are worse ways to spend an evening. But don't imagine that you're seeing anything to do with the actual South. Or actual human beings.


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