Sweet Home Alabama

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In a movie depicting the South you would expect to see beat-up pickup trucks, doublewide trailers, coon-dawgs, and Confederate flags. That’s exactly what y’all get in the light-hearted romance-comedy Sweet Home Alabama. (As well as the song by the same title.) Melanie Carmichel (Reese Witherspoon) is a pretty New York fashion designer who has just become engaged to Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) the son of the mayor of New York (Candice Bergen). Now that Melanie’s career is on track and she is about to be married she decides to go back home to Alabama to tell her parents and secure a divorce from her Alabama redneck childhood friend Jake (Josh Lucas). When Melanie arrives back home in Alabama nothing seems to have changed. Her dad is still involved in Civil War reenactments, her mother is tired of living in a doublewide trailer, and Jake still will not give Melanie a divorce. If I were Jake I wouldn’t let go of someone that pretty, either. Meanwhile, Andrew and his mother assume Melanie is a wealthy Southern gal, so when they tell Melanie that they are coming to Alabama she makes up lies to hide the truth about her childhood. It kind of sounds like an old I Love Lucy show. While trying to make Jake sign the papers and spending time at home she begins to see her hometown, friends, family, and Jake in a different light. This is basically your formulaic romantic comedy but it’s cute, funny and very entertaining. This looks like a chick flick but everyone will enjoy it – plus it would make a great date movie. I tried to bring a date but once again my wife said things would get ugly. She also said it’s the best movie she’s seen in a long time. I wouldn’t go that far, but I liked it and give it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.