Reese Witherspoon stars in SWEET HOME ALABAMA, a charming romantic comedy directed by Andy Tennant. Witherspoon is Melanie Carmichael, a Southern girl who leaves her past behind in order to find success as a fashion designer in New York City. On the night of a hugely important show, her charming and romantic boyfriend, Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), proposes to her. It is at that point that Melanie flees for Alabama, hoping to take care of some unfinished business before Andrew and his mother, New York mayor Kate Hennings (Candice Bergan), discover the truth about her. The truth is that Melanie, whose real last name is Smooter, is still married to her childhood sweetheart, Jake (Josh Lucas), who refuses to grant her a divorce. As Melanie reunites with her parents and old friends, she is forced to reevaluate her new-and-improved self. In the process, she rediscovers a love that she thought she had lost. Tennant's film is elevated by Witherspoon's mere presence. Her rare blend of intelligence, wit, and beauty are a wonder to behold. Adding to the charm are Lucas and Dempsey, who portray characters who are hard to root against.
George Fenton - Composer
Patrick Dempsey - American actor, GREY'S ANATOMY
Candice Bergen - American Film and Television Actress, MURPHY BROWN
Melanie Lynskey - Actress, HEAVENLY CREATURES, TWO AND A HALF MEN
Andy Tennant - Director
Ethan Embry - Actor, DUTCH
Ethan Randall - Actor, DUTCH
Ethan Embrey - Actor, DUTCH
Neal H. Moritz - Producer/"Juice"
Neal Moritz - Producer/"Juice"
C. Jay Cox - Screenwriter, SWEET HOME ALABAMA (2002)
Fred Ward - American Actor
Mary Kay Place - American actress, MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN
Andrew Dunn - American Cinematographer
Stokely Chaffin - Producer
Reese Witherspoon - American actress, CRUEL INTENTIONS (1999)
Jean Smart - American TV Actress, DESIGNING WOMEN
Katharine Towne - actress in 2000's THE IN CROWD
Theatrical release: September 27, 2002
"...It's the tough side of Witherspoon that grounds her performance....Her lack of vanity helps put the crunch in her comedy....Reese rules..." - 10/17/2002 Rolling Stone, p.76
"...Lucas delivers an easy-going turn....Ultra-reliable thesps Place and Jean Smart have their Southern shtick down cold..." - 09/30/2002 Variety, p.24-71
"...SWEET HOME ALABAMA is a well-crafted, well-acted and well-directed movie..." - 01/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.53-4