As formulaic, utterly inoffensive romantic comedies go,Sweet Home Alabamacould be better, and could be worse. It's a variant of Julia Roberts'sSomething to Talk About, with all the same strengths and weaknesses, and Reese Witherspoon is definitely its saving grace. As an Alabama country girl turned hot New York fashion designer, Witherspoon finds the genuine emotions hidden under a blandly familiar plot, making her character's romantic indecisiveness seem not only credible but disarmingly appealing. She's just agreed to marry the Camelot-bred son (Patrick Dempsey) of New York's no-nonsense mayor (Candice Bergen), but first she has to officially divorce the husband (Josh Lucas) she left behind years earlier... only to discover that their love is stronger than ever. The rest, of course, is a foregone conclusion, but with a sharp supporting cast and a few charming moments,Sweet Home Alabamawill satisfy anyone who prefers safe, reassuring entertainment.--Jeff Shannon
For all the hype it's gotten, Sweet Home Alabama is pretty typical and predictable. The plot is the same as hundreds of other romantic comedies with little to make it unique or interesting. Indeed, I had the whole story figured in the first 5 minutes. As always, Reese Witherspoon does a good job with her role, but the rest of the characters are forgettable. Overall, nothing special, but cute for date nights.