Reese Witherspoon stars in Sweet Home Alabama, a 2002 film about a woman who wants to cut all ties with her past but can’t seem to escape from it. The movie also stars Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas, and Candice Bergen.
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Melanie Carmichael is an up and coming fashion designer who has just gotten engaged to one of New Yorks most eligible bachelors, but she isn’t who she says she is. Melanie’s real name is Melanie Smooter, a girl from Alabama who is ashamed of her poor roots and wants to keep the past in the past. Unfortunately, she has a husband back in Alabama who she married right out of high school and he refuses to give her the divorce she has wanted for years. And now that she is engaged, she wants to end things for good. She heads back down home to confront her husband and sever the ties with her past, but once she is there, she feels her heartstrings getting pulled and wonders if she is making the right decision to walk away from her home in Alabama.
Thoughts on the Movie
This is a typical chick-flick from the early noughties and has that feel good factor that you can expect from the time. Although this is a love story, it is more about how you can’t escape your past and why you shouldn’t lie to the people you love because you will be lying to yourself as well. The film has a great soundtrack that is packed with music which uplifts the whole movie. You really feel for each of the characters and what they are facing. All Melanie wants is to move forward with her life in New York, but her husband wants her to stay together as he makes something of himself. And Andrew, her poor fiance, has no idea what he has gotten himself into.
I am a massive fan of Reese Witherspoon and this is one of her best movies for that decade. Reese plays the part of Melanie really well as the fish out of water in New York who doesn’t want to face her past. Sweet Home Alabama is a good yet predictable movie that has received a mixed bag of reviews over the years, you will simply love it or hate it. For me, I love it. It is light-hearted and funny, something which can be lacking in movies today. I am not ashamed to admit that I have watched this movie countless times over the years and I will probably watch many more times in the future.
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