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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, more...
Director: Andy Tennant, Andy Tennant
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 109 min.
Languages: English, French
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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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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It wasn't the movie that made me puke. by spazgirl February 27, 2003 - 6:09 PM PST
8 out of 10 members found this review helpful
I'm in a hotel room far from home, it's snowing outside (I haven't seen the stuff in real life for over 3 years), and I'm clutching a small white wastebasket lined with a plastic bag. I'm miserable and bored and I want to go home, but since I can't, I am trying to coddle myself to the best of my ability until I can finally fall asleep, wake up, and start the long journey back to my real life. And coddling usually involves watching silly little guilty pleasures like Reese W. in "Sweet Home Alabama". Just what the doctor ordered...

Okay, I admit it, I wanted to see this ever since I saw the preview when we went to see the M. Night $ka-ching$ machine he called "Signs" - I just love Reese and I will probably watch anything she's ever in. She's just so spunky, y'know? She's a pleasure to behold in this flimsy little film, and while it's no masterpiece, it's not completely a waste of time. Besides Reese fandom, there are a couple of other good reasons to watch this movie:

- That Josh Lucas is some tasty treat - I couldn't place him as I watched it, but now that I've done the "oh yeah, oh yeah, oh, yeah" thing as I scanned every other film he's been in that's in the GC catalog, I remember that I really like him. Now I'm doubly looking forward to "The Weight of Water"...

- The whole Southern thing was kinda charming in a co-opted-by-Hollywood kinda way. The dad was understatedly and quietly wacky; Mary Kay Place is always nice to watch and she did a good little mom; and pretty much all of the characters in the home town were loveable in their own way. The hound dog was adorable and deserves his place on the cover/poster/promo whatever.

- I don't know if what they said about lightning and sand is true, but it sounds plausible and looks way cool.

That said, I never could stand the darn song, and having to hear it redone by Jewel is something I could have lived without. There were a bunch of trite lines and more than enough cliched little predictabilities. But it was all harmless fun... See it if the situation's right.

[Well, lookee here - I've whiled away a few more minutes and my stomach seems to be settling down. But I can't seem to stop that pesky snow from falling, and what will I watch if I'm stranded here another night?]

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