Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

Andy Tennant (2002)

104min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The satirical edge that Reese Witherspoon displayed in Election is blunted by too much Legally Blonde-style kitsch in this negligible romantic comedy. She plays a New York-residing, Alabama-raised fashion designer who needs a divorce from her childhood sweetheart in order to marry socialite Patrick Dempsey. So Witherspoon heads home, bristling with snobbish attitude, only to step into a corny Dixieland fantasy that seems manufactured to take her down a peg or two as well as blind her to the problems that caused her to abandon husband Josh Lucas in the first place. Director Andy Tennant managed more realism in his Cinderella story Ever After, but the charming Witherspoon almost manages to make us care about yet another Identikit big-city caricature.

Summary

A successful New York fashion designer excitedly planning her wedding has to return to her home town in Alabama to persuade her first husband to sign the papers to finalise their divorce. However, seeing her childhood sweetheart stirs up old feelings, leaving the bride-to-be in a quandary over her future. Romantic comedy, starring Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas and Candice Bergen.

Cast & Crew

Melanie Carmichael Reese Witherspoon
Andrew Hennings Patrick Dempsey
Jake Perry Josh Lucas
Kate Candice Bergen
Pearl Smooter Mary Kay Place
Earl Smooter Fred Ward
Stella Kay Jean Smart
Bobby Ray Ethan Embry
Lurlynn Melanie Lynskey
Sheriff Wade Courtney Gains
Dorothea Mary Lynn Rajskub
Tabatha Wadmore-Smith Rhona Mitra
Director Andy Tennant
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 20 Dec 2002
Comedy Drama