Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

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Director: Andy Tennant

Cast: Andy Tennant, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey

     
 

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After establishing herself as a bankable star with the fish out of water comedy Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon returns in what could be described as a "fish back in water" comedy. Melanie Carmichael (Witherspoon) is a successful New York fashion designer who is dating Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey), a wealthy socialite whose mother, Katherine Hennings

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After establishing herself as a bankable star with the fish out of water comedy Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon returns in what could be described as a "fish back in water" comedy. Melanie Carmichael (Witherspoon) is a successful New York fashion designer who is dating Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey), a wealthy socialite whose mother, Katherine Hennings (Candice Bergen), is the Big Apple's mayor. One day, Andrew pops the big question and asks Melanie to marry him; Melanie is overjoyed, but unknown to Andrew, Melanie has some unfinished business to take care of first. Despite her polished uptown image, Melanie grew up poor in the deep South, and as a teenager she married her high school sweetheart Jake Perry (Josh Lucas). Things went sour and Melanie moved East, reinventing herself along the way, but Jake never bothered to legally end their marriage. Now Melanie has to return to her hometown of Pigeon Creek, AL, to tell her parents (Fred Ward and Mary Kay Place) the news and convince Jake to grant her a divorce; however, the more time she spends with her old flame, the more she feels sparks flying between them again, while she also learns her Eastern affectations don't fly with everyone back home.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Peter Marchand
Who ever said that you can’t go home again? If you have a cell phone, a Saab convertible, and the innate charm of Reese Witherspoon, you can go anywhere you like. Such is the case with Melanie Carmichael (Witherspoon), who seems to have it all -- she’s a famous fashion designer living in Manhattan with chic friends and a doting beau (Patrick Dempsey), whose mom (Candice Bergen) happens to be the mayor. We soon learn, however, that Melanie has a little too much -- namely a husband (Josh Lucas), who has refused to grant her a divorce. So she decides to fly back home to Pigeon Creek, Alabama, to get the papers signed before the Big Apple learns of her big secret. If movies have taught us anything, it’s that once people leave the cynical, soul-stealing Sodom-and-Gomorrah that is the big city, it's only a matter of time before they reembrace the goodness of small-town America. So during Melanie's attempt to get her ex to set her free, it's no shock that she reexamines her feelings for both the world and the man she left behind. Sure, southern stereotypes keep popping up: a dad (Fred Ward) who spends weekends as a Civil War reenactor and a ma (Mary Kay Place) who makes "the best preserves in three counties." But director Andy Tennant (Fools Rush In), manages to skirt them by keeping the plot moving. Not surprisingly, this is Witherspoon’s showcase, and she glows with the mix of comedic chops and tough exterior that enlivened both Election and Legally Blonde. Supplemental features include deleted scenes and an alternate ending.
All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
After a string of edgy and often deliberately unsympathetic performances in such films as Freeway, American Psycho, and Election, Reese Witherspoon was probably as surprised as anyone that America was ready to let her become its latest sweetheart. But after the runaway success of Legally Blonde, the budding superstar stuck to safe, fairy-tale material with this mostly winning romantic comedy. Populated by lovable eccentrics and plain but good folks, Sweet Home Alabama's Pigeon Creek is indistinguishable from any number of other sanitized, fictional Southern towns. But Witherspoon, with her kewpie countenance and iron spine, differs just enough from the conventional leading lady to remove the aftertaste from the saccharine material. Taking her cues from the conniving Julia Roberts school of heroines rather than the blander Meg Ryan variety, she drinks, cusses, and condescends her way to a perverse likability. The more she resembles a Jerry Springer guest, the more the audience cheers her on. The film's reassuring "I'm okay, you're okay" geographic relativism may not play well to self-satisfied Manhattanites, but it sure goes down well everywhere else. Heartthrobs Ethan Embry, Patrick Dempsey, and Joshua Lucas provide the requisite broad-based sex appeal, while everyone from Candice Bergen and Jean Smart to Mary Kay Place supplies laughs and lovable stereotypes. Jewel chimes in with the inevitable Lynyrd Skynyrd cover, and boom -- something safe for everyone, like all the best blockbusters.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
It is a fantasy, a sweet, light-hearted fairy tale with Reese Witherspoon at its center. She is as lovable as Doris Day would have been in this role.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
UPC:
0786936208344
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reese Witherspoon Melanie Carmichael
Josh Lucas Jake Perry
Patrick Dempsey Andrew
Candice Bergen Mayor Katherine Hennings
Mary Kay Place Pearl Smooter
Fred Ward Earl Smooter
Jean Smart Stella Kay
Ethan Embry Bobby Ray
Melanie Lynskey Lurlynn
Courtney Gains Wade
Mary Lynn Rajskub Dorothea
Rhona Mitra Tabatha
Nathan Lee Graham Frederick
Dakota Fanning Young Melanie
Mark Matkevich Tom Darovsic
Ted Manson Colonel Murphy
Ambre Lake Wedding Coordinator

Technical Credits
Andy Tennant Director
Juel Bestrop Casting
Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell Costumes/Costume Designer
Stokely Chaffin Producer
Kathleen Chopin Casting
C. Jay Cox Screenwriter
Louis D'Esposito Asst. Director
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Douglas J. Eboch Original Story
Mary H. Ellis Sound/Sound Designer
George Fenton Score Composer
Michael Fottrell Executive Producer
Clay Griffith Production Designer
Jon Jashni Executive Producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Wink Mordaunt Executive Producer
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Jay Pelissier Art Director
Lisa K. Sessions Set Decoration/Design
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Troy T. Takaki Editor
Tracey Wadmore-Smith Editor
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision

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Sweet Home Alabama 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
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I loved this movie I found myself smiling throughout the whole thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like movies that i can enjoy for two hours or more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great romantic comedy. Reese Witherspoon as Melanie is great, she and Josh Lucas have a wonderful chemistry together, and he is gorgeous. No one else in Hollywood could have pulled off this role.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE. REESE WITHERSPOON MAKES YOU LAUGH AND CRY ALL AT ONCE. CANDICE BERGEN WAS PERFECT FOR HER ROLE. IT'S THE PERFECT DATE MOVIE FOR YOUNG AND OLD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wity and fun this movie is great entertainment. Reese Witherspoon is absolutely charming in it and the chemistry between all the characters is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a great movie Reese Witherspoon is such a great actress and she is so much fun to watch!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie. Reese Witherspoon is a great actress. It was good to see Patrick Dempsey again. I do think she went a little to hill billy in the end but it was cute. I also like that they didn't try to make Dempseys character a pig in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reese is very good in this romantic movie. A girl who goes to the big city,returns to her home town after excepting a proposal and to ask for a divorce from the husband she left behind.finds out he is her true love. for someone who likes these type movies you will love it as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reese was amazing in this movie.Sweet Home Alabama has it all humour,romance and so much more.It is great for a first date movie. Highly recommended for everyone to see it. I loved Reese's fashion in this movie as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous film! My husband wouldn't go see it because he thought they would 'dis' Alabama, and he's an Alabama boy. Not true! Very balanced and believable. Not a 'chic flick' - I absolutely loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''...Sweet Home Alabama/I'm comin' home to you!'' That's exactly what Meleanie does in ''Sweet Home Alabama''.But she doesn't come back just to visit.Her boyfriend,Drew,has just recently proposed to her.But before Meleanie can marry Drew,she must return to Alabama so she can offically divorce Jake,the redneck she married as a teen.But the more time Meleanie spends with her family and friends(including Jake),the more she realizes what a good life she once had.This is a great movie that's just in time for Valentine's Day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She does it again! Reese Witherspoon is wonderful in this movie.This movie has it all -humor, laughter,and Romance.For those who don't know ,the movie is about Melanie(WItherspoon) who is a fashion clothes desinger in New York City. After accepting a proposal she has to return home to Alabama to get a divorce from the husband she left behind. But she realizes that he is her true love. I recommed this movie is for anyone young or old. I'm sure that you won't be disspointed. After i saw this movie i loved it! 5 stars for a wonderful movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. I like that fact that she leaves her old life only to eventually come back to it. Even when she worked so hard to leave it behind her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Melanie (Witherspoon) and Andrew (Dempsey) are engaged. But then Melanie relizes she is still married to her high school sweet heart (Lucus). And goes back to Pigeon Creek, Alabama to get a divorce. And ends up fallingback in love with Jake (Lucus) all over again! ''A great date movie says Teen People.'' And a good rainy day movie!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is awesome,totally awesome=) Not just Reese was great, but so was Josh Lucas. Critics say that he hasn't had his big role yet, but I think, that the part in ''Sweet Home...'' is incredible! Plus he has really blue eyes! I liked the movie a lot, Eathan Embry was cute too. The plot is touching and has a lot to tell about life and love...There couldn't have been the better cast for the movie about the South that the one chosen---Reese, Lucas, Dempsey, Ward, Bergen, Embry and others... Woohoo! Let the South rule!!...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sweet Home Alabama is a classic story of a girl running away from home and then finding that she must go back. Such is the case for Melanie Carmichael. She must go home to break a marriage so she can get married. But what she doesn't figure is that she still might be in love with Jake, her husband. Then her fiance comes down and things really get heated up between Jake and Melanie. Will she choose Jake or her fiance? To find this out you have to get and watch Sweet Home Alabama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was just wonderful! You will too. Hilarious! It makes you laugh, and it just may make you cry. Pleasantly delightful!Extremely entertaining!