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  • Summary: Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, newly-engaged New Yorker Melanie (Witherspoon) sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past (including her redneck husband), only to discover that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never takeBound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, newly-engaged New Yorker Melanie (Witherspoon) sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past (including her redneck husband), only to discover that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. 75
    It is a fantasy, a sweet, light-hearted fairy tale with Reese Witherspoon at its center. She is as lovable as Doris Day would have been in this role (in fact, Doris Day was in this role, in "Please Don't Eat the Daisies").
  2. If you can tolerate the redneck-versus-blueblood cliches that the film trades in, Sweet Home Alabama is diverting in the manner of Jeff Foxworthy's stand-up act.
  3. 60
    At the movie's thoroughly expected conclusion, a visual joke has a bedraggled cat licking at the icing on a wedding cake, but it's really Melanie who gets to have it and eat it, too.
  4. 50
    Too sugary to be funny or offensive or even offensively funny, though any kind of funny would be welcome here.
  5. 50
    This is the usual cartoon of hound dogs, roadhouses, antebellum mansions, and Civil War reenactments. Aside from that, it's not a bad date movie.
  6. 40
    The clunky yee-haw script full of tired bitch/angel oppositions and Witherspoon's school-play petulance cranks the twang to a blare.
  7. To call the film contrived would imply that some sort of effort had been made, when Sweet Home Alabama is nothing but dead lazy and slow — y'all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 9 out of 42
  1. Nov 12, 2012
    7
    A sweet light-hearted and lovable romp with Witherspoon at its center to seal the deal.
  2. AmyM.
    Feb 27, 2003
    6
    Sweet Home Alabama was a good movie but something you would only want to see once. It's a rather predictable romance that has a couple Sweet Home Alabama was a good movie but something you would only want to see once. It's a rather predictable romance that has a couple of twists and turns but nothing that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's a movie you'll forget you ever saw. It is , however, a good movie to watch if you're planning to do something with the family. It's got pretty good morals. She does end up getting engaged to a man while she is still married to another... Several charactors are noted as being gay and the main character admits to getting marries just because she was pregnant. Compared to many other movies, I'd say this PG-13 romantic comedy is a good choice for a family outing. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. For a romantic comedy, SWEET HOME ALABAMA was quite an enjoyable film. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, and Patrick Dempsey, it tells the tale of a northerner who meets a man and immediately falls in love. The problem is she's married to a "redneck" down in Alabama already, so she goes down south to divorce him. There, another problem arises: her husband refuses to sign the papers. It seemed in this film that there was no consistent plot, and it was always just problem after problem after problem coming up. Also, this is quite unoriginal, and it was intended as a comedy, but I didn't see much that was funny in it (or even really aimed at humor). In fact, I saw it more as a romantic drama than a "romcom". Either way, it was a chick flick, and even though I don't usually enjoy that type of film, I found it to be a cute movie, and it was somewhat worth seeing. Expand

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