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Sweet Home Alabama [VHS] [2002]

Reese Witherspoon , Patrick Dempsey , Andy Tennant    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place
  • Directors: Andy Tennant
  • Writers: C. Jay Cox, Douglas J. Eboch
  • Producers: Jeff Diaz, Jon Jashni, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz, Stokely Chaffin
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KGBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,528 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) becomes engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor, she neglects to tell him she is still married to her high-school sweetheart Jake (Josh Lucas), who refuses to divorce her. However, when she returns to Alabama to try to sort things out, the old feelings start creeping in.

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In this delightful romantic comedy, Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) stars as sophisticated Melanie Carmichael, a rising New York fashion designer who suddenly finds herself engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. But this is no fairy tale romance for Melanie. She has a secret past that includes Jake (Josh Lucas, A Beautiful Mind), the backwoods husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Determined to end their marriage and sever all ties with her past once and for all, Melanie returns to Alabama. But home starts to tug at her heartstrings, and what she thought she wanted may not be what she wants at all.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reese Witherspoon at her best. 2 Mar 2005
Format:DVD
This romantic comedy perfectly suits Reese Witherspoons style. In this film she plays Melanie Carmichael, an up and coming fashion designer who is about to marry Andrew, a politician and son of the New York mayor (Candice Bergen). What she hasn't told her future husband is that she hasn't actually divorced her previous spouse and she isn't really from a rich southern family. Her name isn't even Carmichael really, it's Smooter.
Cue the comedy as Mel returns to the small town in Alabama in order to get her ex to sign divorce papers. No longer part of the small community she left, the community that knew her as 'Felony Melanie', Mel finds herself somewhat out on a limb. To make matters worse, her ex husband Josh is still smarting at the way Melanie left him and he is not going to make a divorce easy. If that doesn't make the road to wedded bliss difficult enough, Mel's future mother-in-law is decidedly unhappy with her son's choice of bride and is determined to put a spoke in the wheel. This isn't just a lightweight comedy however; there are some very poignant moments, particularly when Mel has to evaluate the person she has become and face the fact she may not like that person.
The DVD has a few extras such as deleted scenes, alternative ending, audio commentary and a music video, and the quality of picture and sound are as good as you would expect from the format. This is an enjoyable, heart warming, funny film that is well worth a look.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars True Love prevails yet again 6 Feb 2006
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
SWEET HOME ALABAMA presents moviegoers yet again with that familiar plot: True Love between an adorable couple triumphs even though one (or both) are tempted by another Hottie almost to the point of complete surrender.
Several years ago, the female lead in this film might have been given to an adorably tousled Meg Ryan, but, alas, none of us are as young as we used to be. So, Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie, the up and coming New York fashion designer who's won the heart of the Mayor's son, Andrew (Patrick Dempsey). And what a Hunk Andy is! Not only is he reminiscent of JFK, Jr., but he proposes to Melanie by escorting her into Tiffany's after-hours and inviting her to pick out the engagement ring of her choice. What's a poor girl to do but say "yes"? But, before the nuptials, she must go back home to Alabama to take care of some private business, which is get divorce papers signed by her childhood sweetheart and secret husband Jake (Josh Lucas), long since estranged.
Reese is sweet - a worthy successor to MR. And Lucas has that roguish handsomeness and attitude of, say, Matthew McConaughey or a very young Paul Newman. As a matter of fact, the only thing wrong with Jake, according to the scriptwriters, is that he hasn't any prospects, lives with his coon dog in backwater Alabama, plays pool with his good ol' boy buds on Saturday night, was too drunk to dance with Melanie at their wedding reception, and, well, isn't Andrew.
Perhaps the best reason to see SWEET HOME ALABAMA is Candice Bergen as Kate, the Big Apple's mayor and Andrew's mother. Kate sees her son as Presidential material, so appearances are everything. She's horrified that he might actually (gulp!) marry someone so plebeian as a fashion designer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 12 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Originally Skeptical about buying this, due to mixed reviews, i descided to give it a go anyway- and im really glad i did.
This is a easy to watch romantic comedy, with a brilliant (as usual) performance from the lovley Reese Witherspoon, and an easy to get into storyline.
This is a romantic comedy that is suitable for the whole family to watch together without cringing- (as i did at certain parts of 'Love Actually', which i made the mistake of watching with my parents at 15!)
Full of humour, romance, and being stuck in the middle of two husbands, Teens will love it, but it is easily sophisticated enough for any adult to enjoy too!
:)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute 29 Mar 2004
By Fiona
Format:DVD
Sweet Home Alabama is about a rising fashion designer who has to choose between her high school sweetheart (who she married) and a really, really lovely guy who happens to be the next JFK figure. It is about many other things as well and isn't just a simple love story.
This is one of the best romantic comedies out there in my opinion and well worth a watch even if you aren't usually a fan of such films. With preformances by Reece Witherspoon there isn't much that you can dislike about Sweet Home Alabama. And for you girls - Josh Lucas does take his shirt off! So even if you don't like romantic comedies - Josh Lucas takes his shirt off and plays one of the most loveable blokes I have ever witnessed. Apart from that - it is a really good movie which brought a tear of happiness to my eyes at least.
It really is such a lovely movie and quite beautiful too. With such great acting talents that are truly convincing to you. I just cannot get this movie out of my head, it was so sweet. If you do like romantic comedies this is well worth a buy, if you're not so keen you should see it anyway and then you'd want to buy it. It's that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 14 July 2013
By joanne
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A great film well worth watching without a doubt, would recommend for nice family viewing as its safe and funny
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great film. Disk a little jumpy in places.
Published 3 days ago by steven
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Reese, but hated this movie as the story ...
Love Reese, but hated this movie as the story which could have been so good was so bad and drawn out. In-fact I got so bored watching it I turned it off half way through. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ms. Elaine S. Clement
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a definite favourite of mine
A really cute movie, a chick flick indeed. This is a definite favourite of mine.
Published 8 days ago by Miss Michelle Mottershead
3.0 out of 5 stars All right I suppose
It's not as good as her other films. I found it a bit boring. The storyline was not good for me. Reese was her normal bouncy self, but the storyline was tedious.
Published 1 month ago by Marianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Film
Quick delivery
Well packaged, no damage
The film is a great chick flick if that's what you like, luckily I do.
Published 2 months ago by reddt2
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film!
The dvd came 2 days earlier than expected which was good, it's a good film which puts a smile on your face! Read more
Published 3 months ago by AR
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good movie
A real feel good movie.
Classic Reese Witherspoon Rom Com.
Perfect for a night in with popcorn and the girls.
Published 3 months ago by Bumblebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab film
Saw this.film a few years back. Was browsing DVD lists and couldn't miss the opertunity to purchase a copy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by shirlee
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Home Alabama
Again this was bought as a gift, it was gratefully received and the recipient has enjoyed it, so thats all
Published 5 months ago by Bikerboy
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
such a girlie film one to watch with a bottle of wine and a box
of chocs with your mate
Published 5 months ago by jean brown
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