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Saturday, June 21, 2008

SNMR 5.2: "Sweet Home Alabama"

....where the skies are so blue."

Tonight's SNMR feature is "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002, PG-13, 109 minutes), starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candace Bergen, Mary Kay Place, Fred Ward and Jean Smart. The film was directed by Andy Tennant.

PLOT SUMMARY: Melanie Carmichael (Witherspoon), a New York clothing designer on the rise gets engaged to Andrew (Dempsey), the son of the Mayor of New York City (Bergen). The only problem is that no one knows that Melanie needs to get divorced from her lifelong sweetheart and current husband Jake (Perry) first. When Melanie reluctantly travels to Alabama to get Jake to sign the divorce papers, which he is hesitant to do, she finds herself falling back in love with a man and a life she wanted to leave behind.

MY OPINION: I liked this romantic comedy. Reese Witherspoon is fantastic. Josh Lucas gives a strong but underrated performance. Candace Bergen is comically great as the "bad guy". The rest of the cast is good. The script is well written and has a nice flow to it. Andy Tennant (Ever After, Hitch) proves here that he is a very good director. The deleted scenes on the DVD are interesting and fill in some of the story. I would have liked to see a featurette on the making of this film, with some cast interviews, which I always find informative and interesting.

If I can find this DVD on the cheap someday, I can see myself buying it.

***1/2 out of *****

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