Sweet Home Alabama

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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

"Off The Cutting Room Floor" - 8 deleted scenes with introduction by director Andy Tennant Alternate ending with commentary Director's audio commentary SHeDAISY's "Mine All Mine" music video
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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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • UPC: 786936824582
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Region Code: 1AB
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 4,500

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    A Feminist Criticism of Sweet Home Alabama

    It is common knowledge that most chickflicks tend to idealize the traditional, patriarchal aspects of romantic relationships. Sweet Home Alabama, however, is a film that offers the same type of lovey-dovey plot line without degrading women. It is clear that this film puts a negative light on women being dominated by men. Similarly, it contradicts common stereotypes in which women and feminine attributes are perceived as weak or negative.
    Beginning with stereotypes, it's apparent from the second scene of the film that Melanie, the leading lady played by Reese Witherspoon, will not be conforming to any detrimental conventions of feminism. Instead, she takes her femininity and uses it to her advantage in the professional world. She has done well for herself, thriving as a fashion designer in New York City. The fashion industry in itself is usually stereotyped as girly and inconsequential to people of intellect. Basically, it is generally not taken seriously. Nevertheless, Melanie's character proves the power of this career and therefore of herself by displaying efficient managing skills in her work place. Not only is she in charge of her own new line of clothing, but she also shows her strength by taking control of models and clothing issues before her fashion show, being responsible for everything running smoothly. Her sensible intellect displayed during the fashion show establishes that clearly she is not merely a bubbleheaded girl obsessed with clothing, as many "fashionistas" are thought to be. Melanie is in fact fashion conscious, looking attractive in every scene with perfect make up, high heels, and dressy clothes. Because she is also successful though, this outward appeal only serves to strengthen her character. It gives her that "superwoman" role that manages to succeed and gain power in the professional world and still look hot. She therefore contradicts the idea that women concerned with looks and clothing are ditzy and incompetent.
    As for sexism and gender roles, not once is Melanie portrayed as a lower being than either of her male love interests. She holds her own by having achieved a prosperous career rather than having settled down with her small town boyfriend after he got her pregnant (she had presumably aborted the child given that she has no children in the film). In this way, she takes control of her relationship with Jake by not allowing him to tie her down. She is her own person and does for herself what she feels is necessary. Additionally, while the two are on bad terms at the beginning of the film they are equally matched when it comes to the insults thrown during their shared, humorous fights. For instance, at one point Melanie calls Jake a "stubborn redneck," which he counters by calling her a "hoity toity Yankee." Melanie seems to always get ahead though, which is made evident in this scene when she breaks into his house with the spare key after he attempts to lock her out.
    To conclude, Melanie's character in Sweet Home Alabama is a contradiction to the majority of female characters in romantic comedies. She is decidedly an intelligent, successful woman who takes control of not only her career, but also the relationships (and men) in her personal life. While I found this film sappy, predictable, and altogether unrealistic, I do appreciate the twist it put on the gender roles within. If you're looking for a chickflick that consistently maintains respect toward feminism, this is an agreeable choice.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Great Film!

    This movie will make you laugh until you cry and it will also make you cry. Words can hardly describe how fantastic this movie is! Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, and Patrick Dempsey were just phenomenal. All of the characters were so unique and brilliant, and the overall story is just perfection in a romantic comedy!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of my favorites!

    Sweet Home Alabama is such a funny, cute, and enjoyable movie to watch over and over again. Reese Witherspoon is awesome in this movie. If you haven't already seen this movie, I recommend seeing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A favorite

    Great chick movie. Can watch it repeatedly.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    excellent

    This was such a great movie. I just happened to come across it because I was watching television and it came on after the Break-up and I just loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cute Movie but The Character of Melanie Could Be a Real Snot!

    Sweet Home Alabama is a cute and entertaining romantic comedy and I enjoyed watching it and even bought the DVD. The acting was very good, especially by Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey, and Fred Ward and Mary Kay Place were also very good as the parents of Reese Witherspoon's character. My only complaint with the movie is that Reese's character Melanie wasn't always very likeable and in some scenes was just down out nasty and cruel but all in all I still like this movie and at least Melanie learned to become a nicer person!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweety Reesey!

    Reese Witherspoon just comes to deliver fun in Sweet Home Alabama.You'll absouluty love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So so comedy fluff

    Not too funny, not too poignant, not much point. This was a mildly amusing Witherspoon vehicle. She did look absolutely gorgeous as a bride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reese is great

    Reese does so good in this role. She brings out all the emotion in Melanie's life. this movie was so funny and it had such good actors in it. I loved Ethan Embry! He did great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh Lucas and Reese Witherspoon rock!!!

    I have been obsessed with this movie since I first saw the previews for it last August/September. I saw it 3 times while it was out in theaters, and since the time my mom got it for me in February, I've fallen in love with it all over again. It really is one of the sweetest romantic comedies I have ever seen, and I sometimes wonder why I enjoy it so much because usually my movie obsessions run their courses quickly (except for the Lord of the Rings). This movie is peppered with a multitude of adorable scenes with Reese and Josh, who I might add is one of the FINEST men alive, and Patrick Dempsey is too sweet and cute! I still sometimes have a hard time with the fact that the two leading men are both GORGEOUS, but aside from that, I can't find anything wrong with this movie. This is one of those ultimate chick flicks--I wish I was in Reese's place! You'll definitely enjoy this romantic treat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It Really is Sweet

    I loved the movie, It was one of those funny love movies. Even my friend who won't watched Love Stories watched it and liked it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great casting!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet/Funny/Great date movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hometown Fun

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sweet!! very romantic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Right now - the best!

    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!!...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comedy-Romance gets two very entertained thumbs up!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet Home Alabama

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    her time to shine!

    Reese was ab-fab in this movie. It was very cute, adorable, and at times funny. Great for every cute chick-flick colection. The music behind it was also great. Avril Lavigne's top line in the movie. I suggest you buy it i know i have :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved this movie

    I loved this movie I found myself smiling throughout the whole thing.

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