Sweet Home Alabama

September 27th, 2002


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A young woman with a white trash background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 5.9/10 (41,433 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Andy Tennant

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas

Melanie Carmichael, an up and rising fashion designer in New York, has gotten almost everything she wished for since she was little. She has a great career and the JFK-like fiancée of New York City. But when he proposes to her, she doesn't forget about her family back down South. More importantly, her husband back there, who refuses to divorce her ever since she sent divorce papers seven years ago. To set matters straight, she decides to go to the south quick and make him sign the papers. When things don't turn out the way she planned them, she realizes that what she had before in the south was far more perfect than the life she had in New York City.

Writers: Douglas J. Eboch, C. Jay Cox

Reese Witherspoon - Melanie Smooter
Josh Lucas - Jake Perry
Patrick Dempsey - Andrew Hennings
Candice Bergen - Mayor Kate Hennings
Mary Kay Place - Pearl Smooter
Fred Ward - Earl Smooter
Jean Smart - Stella Kay Perry
Ethan Embry - Bobby Ray
Melanie Lynskey - Lurlynn
Courtney Gains - Sheriff Wade
Mary Lynn Rajskub - Dorothea
Rhona Mitra - Tabatha Wadmore-Smith
Nathan Lee Graham - Frederick Montana
Sean Bridgers - Eldon
Fleet Cooper - Clinton

Taglines: To friere er en for mange... spesielt når du allerede er gift med den ene...

Release Date: 27 September 2002

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $38,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $35,648,740 (USA) (29 September 2002) (3293 Screens)

Gross: $180,622,424 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Jake's glassblowing shop was filmed in Fayette County Georgia at an old mill called Starr's Mill. The exterior was repainted and the porch was rebuilt for the movie. The bridges were later washed away in a flood.

Continuity: The tears on Melanie's face in the cemetery.

Jake: Nobody finds their soul mate when they're ten. I mean, where's the fun in that, right?

User Review

I can't seem to stop watching this film...

Rating: 10/10

I was surprised to find the rating when I first checked it out, but I suppose it's a matter of personal experience and the taste that goes with it. I like to be reminded of my own personal experience (which is similar) and compare it to what the main character goes through in the movie. I suppose you'll like it if it means something to you, so if you've got issues with your past (relationships, particularly) and you like happy endings, give this film a shot. There's a bit of stereotyping in the film though, but they're presented humorously, so I didn't really mind. Besides, they aren't very damaging stereotypes (at least in my view), nor very annoying ones.