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Sweet Home Alabama
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Genre:Comedy
Year:2002
Rating:PG13
Cast:Andy Tennant, Reese Witherspoon, Joshua Lucas, Patrick Dempsey

Who ever said that you can't go home again? If you have a cell phone, a Saab convertible, and the innate charm of Reese Witherspoon, you can go anywhere you like. Such is the case with Melanie Carmichael (Witherspoon), who seems to have it all -- she's a famous fashion designer living in Manhattan with chic friends and a doting beau (Patrick Dempsey), whose mom (Candice Bergen) happens to be the mayor. We soon learn, however, that Melanie has a little too much -- namely a husband (Josh Lucas), who has refused to grant her a divorce. So she decides to fly back home to Pigeon Creek, Alabama, to get the papers signed before the Big Apple learns of her big secret. If movies have taught us anything, it's that once people leave the cynical, soul-stealing Sodom-and-Gomorrah that is the big city, it's only a matter of time before they reembrace the goodness of small-town America. So during Melanie's attempt to get her ex to set her free, it's no shock that she reexamines her feelings for both the world and the man she left behind. Sure, southern stereotypes keep popping up: a dad (Fred Ward) who spends weekends as a Civil War reenactor and a ma (Mary Kay Place) who makes "the best preserves in three counties." But director Andy Tennant (Fools Rush In), manages to skirt them by keeping the plot moving. Not surprisingly, this is Witherspoon's showcase, and she glows with the mix of comedic chops and tough exterior that enlivened both Election and Legally Blonde. Supplemental features include deleted scenes and an alternate ending. Peter Marchand

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