Sweet Home Alabama

 (26,024)6.21 h 48 min2002X-RayPG-13
Melanie is engaged, but her past holds secrets in Alabama.
Reese WitherspoonReese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
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Patrick DempseyPatrick DempseyPatrick DempseyPatrick DempseyJosh LucasCandice BergenCandice BergenCandice BergenCandice BergenAndy TennantAndy TennantAndy TennantAndy TennantC. Jay CoxC. Jay CoxTouchstone PicturesTouchstone Pictures
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Quaint Comedy of Southern Style
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A quaint romantic comedy that brings Southern hospitality to the screen.

Andy Tennant's romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama (2002) is a fun story with a few neat twists and a lot of heart. Although the end is predictable, the ride there is sweet as molasses. I found Tennant's direction serviceable, if basic. Douglas J. Eboch's story is adorable, though riddled with cliches. I think C. Jay Cox' script brings a genuine warmth and Southern sincerity that makes Sweet Home Alabama ring true.

I do find the underlying theme of democrats, Northerners, and liberals being bad to be tasteless and ridiculous in Sweet Home Alabama. The endless references to The Confederacy is dated, conservative, and odd. The South left The Union and should not be glorified as heroes in their own right. This rom-com makes a case on behalf of Southern to have a twisted pride over their past. I just don't think this makes for a good look or theme.

Regardless, Reese Witherspoon is delightful and fierce as always as a Southern belle turned New York socialite designer, who is forced to go home to Alabama. Her charisma is as beguiling as her charm. Witherspoon brings a biting wit and quick delivery that is so natural to her. She elevates Sweet Home Alabama to a very sweet romance.

Josh Lucas plays the distraught redneck and gentle lover well. His abrasive introduction yields a kinder inner peace that is interesting to watch unfold. Patrick Dempsey is kindly, yet dull as the democratic fiancee Reese's character.

Fred Ward is hilarious as Earl. Mary Kay Place is endearing and commanding as Pearl. Candice Bergen is funny as the mayor of New York, with all of her elitism. Jean Smart is so direct and captivating. I liked her a lot in Sweet Home Alabama. Lastly, I must mention the ever kind friend played Ethan Embry, who gives his character a genuine warmth and likable personality. He feels rare in a Southern setting and a refreshing change of pace.

The Southern rock soundtrack, beautiful natural surroundings, and Southern charm welcome you to a movie filled with laughter, emotion, and a cute coon dog. The scene with Reese Witherspoon in the coon dog graveyard is perhaps my favorite scene displaying Reese's dramatic talent as well as Josh Lucas' sympathetic portrayal of a man who lost the love of his life. The beach finale is lovely too! I think this is a sweet romantic comedy, despite its flaws.
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Sania DelianReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Horrible film.
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The first scenes in NYC, (lets say the first 15 minutes), Reese Witherspoon is being ordered around by men. Every single statement that comes from a male actor is a command, and when finally, a question does arise, Dempsey rebukes her response and acts patronizingly towards her reaction.
The rest of the show is .a series of fantasies and tropes including your favorites: "The bitch and the nice guy", "Lying about who you are will make someone still want to marry you", "Oedipal complex", "Out your friend and the'll still speak to you", "Confederate flags are cool!", "everyone in the south is really into the civil war and history, except when it comes to planation weddings because who wants to think about slavery?", "God gave her a 'miscarriage' when she felt trapped about having a baby", "A high powered Mayor who objects the wedding will suddenly demand those same two people to get married!", "A guy who has no artwork in his home is ALSO a professional glass blower", "You can pick up a relationship after seven years of not talking to the person." And so many more.
18 people found this helpful
BrittanyelysebkReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this movie
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I love this movie! I love the shots in the rain they are just so pretty. I actually love the cinematography throughout the movie, especially for this kind of movie. I even love the soundtrack which came as a surprise to me when I first saw this film as a nyc girl that I could actually like country music and this was kind of a gateway to discover that. Which I appreciate. My one issue with this film is "so this is what this feels like" (or something like that, if you've seen it you know what I'm referring to, if not I don't want to spoil it), I just don't find that realistic not that the film itself is realistic but the lack of reaction and amount of stuff he let slide I just don't get.
15 people found this helpful
Thomas TruthsayerReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring and Dated
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The film is about a Southern Girl who hit it big by more ways than one. The main character has moved out of the southern sticks and away from people she says as strange. Moving to New York, she hits it big by designing her own clothes, and meets and hopes to marry the son of a big political piece. Only problem is she is still married. She must get a divorce and then can be on her way. The rest of the flick is her seeking to do that, and then surprise, slowly begins to fall in love with her ex and the life she left behind. HOHUM Not funny, not interesting, just a lot of yelling and name calling and then the magical change of direction. Snore feast! Watch something else. This is not a Romance comedy. Its just boring
6 people found this helpful
BrechieReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just a very cute movie!
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One of my all time favorite movies. Reese is adorable as a pouty southern belle. I read the book years ago that this movie was based on, but could not find it to re-read. It's interesting that it wasn't mentioned in the credits - but I love having it to watch whenever I want.
10 people found this helpful
SAMFISHERReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
country love story, that works out, reunited love
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probably one of the best love story movies ever. reese is so gorgeous as always, added to that, the country feel is so emotionally engaging. if your from the country that is. kind of sad. but for the character's it works out so that was a happy ending.
16 people found this helpful
teols2016Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet Southern Charm...
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This film doesn't employ every single stereotype of the American south. Rather, it simply depicts people who happen to live in Alabama. And overall, it does a decent job at this. A few stereotypes do come up, but I'll let that go. Not all stereotypes are unrealistic. Though I either don't know much about them or I'm just not their biggest fan, all of the cast did well. None of the southern accents were overdone, the jokes were decent throughout, and the story was solid. It's a romantic comedy that has more comedy than romance...something I'm just fine with. Go ahead and give it a watch...it's not the funniest film in the world, but it's certainly not to be ignored. Enjoy.
16 people found this helpful
M. WhiteReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Yes it contains some dated, non-PC elements, but...
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...but it's not just a guy flick, as confirmed by my 14 year old niece and sister in-law in 2020. Reese is at her most beautiful? but the acting is solid -- my evidence? -- the scene in the coonhound cemetary. Cliches? Abundant. But you gotta love Candice Bergen in this role. Non-PC parts? You'll figure it out -- at least the offensive lyrics were skipped/muted.
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