Sweet Home Alabama

Released 2002


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Andy Tennant

Sweet Home Alabama is a romantic comedy directed by Andy Tennant that follows the story of Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon), whose early abandonment of her deep Southern roots and her husband Jake (Josh Lucas) comes back to haunt her in her new fantastic and glamorous life in New York. In Alabama, she had been Melanie Smooter, the resident troublemaker and rabble-rouser married to the former high school football star and a litter of pageant awards, but in Manhattan, she was Melanie Carmichael, the next It girl in the fashion world with the devilishly handsome and rich Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), the son of New York City’s mayor (Candice Bergen). When Andrew proposes, Melanie has to face her past as she returns to her hometown in order to finally divorce her estranged and belligerent ex, Jake. Shocked to find most of her old friends and her parents still doing what they did years before, her presence stirs up the pot in the typically quiet town. As Melanie combats the resentment and her own haughty attitude, she comes to terms with who she truly is.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    If Sweet Home Alabama, directed by Andy Tennant from a screenplay by C. Jay Cox, has the ingredients for a classic screwball comedy, the movie is in such a rush to entertain that i...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    The South takes another beating in Sweet Home Alabama, but that's nothing compared with the one conferred on the sweetheart personality of its pint-sized Gen. Sherman.

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Revives the format but not the fun of classic Hollywood screwball comedies about rediscovering the virtues of a former mate.

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Comedy, Drama


city living, Love & Romance, for couples, Romantic Comedy, love story