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Sweet Home Alabama is a 2002 romantic comedy directed by Andy Tennant and stars Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, and Patrick Dempsey. The film was released on September 27, 2002.

The story is a love triangle involving two childhood Alabama sweethearts who married but became estranged, Jake Perry and Melanie Smooter (Lucas and Witherspoon), and Melanie's longtime boyfriend Andrew Hennings (Dempsey).

Melanie is a successful fashion designer. When she becomes engaged to Andrew, the son of the mayor of New York City, Melanie announces that she has to go back home alone to Alabama to tell her parents in person. Her private reason is to demand a divorce from Jake. She has not told Andrew that she is still married.

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CastMelanie Lynskey, Fred Ward, Dakota Fanning, Patrick Dempsey, Courtney Gains, Josh Lucas, Ethan Embry, Katharine Towne, Rhona Mitra, Mary Kay Place, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Ethan Randall, Candice Bergen, Nathan Lee Graham, Ted Manson, Jean Smart, Mark Matkevich, Ambre Lake
DirectorAndy Tennant
Genre:  Comedy, Romance
Release Date:  September 27, 2002
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterAndy Tennant
Runtime:  1hr 48min
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review by . December 19, 2008
Sweet Home Alabama starts off on the wrong note but quickly turns into an adorable movie. The first half hour isn't the best but as you get to know the characters in the south it becomes much better.   Reese Witherspoon is a great actress and is very good as Melanie Carmichael, a girl from a small town in Alabama who ditches her redneck husband and family to move to New York City so she can start over and have a successful career as a fashion designer. Well, eventually she's got it all: …
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