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Sweet Home Alabama Movie Review (6/10)

Posted on December 15th, 2002 filed in Movie Reviews    |   

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Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) is a sensational Fashion Designer in New York City. She just got proposed to in the most romantic manner by her handsome, high society boyfriend, Andrew, who also happens to be the son of Kate, the ruthless NY city mayor, played by Candice Bergen. But before getting married to Andrew, Melanie must go back to her small home town in Alabama and force her high school sweetheart, Jake (Played by Josh Lucas), whom she left years ago to sign the divorce papers. But things are not that simple, and to further complicate matters, Andrew decides to pop in for a surprise visit in Alabama…


While ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ tackles a subject that has been addressed countless times before (Woman’s choice between family and career) and while it’s quite loaded with clichés, it succeeds in its being heart warming and delightful. There’s in the end ‘No place like home’ in a small town where the bar is filled with familiar faces, the people are very close, the food is very southern, and modesty and kindness prevail.

Reese Witherspoon excels here as the elegant, southern belle and efortlessly steals the show with her charming and credible southern accent. That said, Reese’s character, Melanie, remains the bad apple here. It was Melanie that left Jake to pursue her career and Melanie that lied to Andrew about her past and family, and also Melanie who got drunk and insulted all her friends.

Candice Bergen is perfect for her powerful, political role. The scene where she gets punched is very amusing.

This movie is a light, sweet, romantic comedy. Although not too thought provoking nor original, the cast is quite pleasant, it is very enjoyable to watch and makes one feel nostalgic for the past and home sick.

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