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Sweet Home Alabama [Blu-ray] [2002] [US Import]
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on 21 July 2010
This is a typical romcom but its beautifully played by the 3 main leads Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey. You just can't help but be swept up into it as the supporting characters are great and the Alabama setting is infectious. You will love the ending - recommended.
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on 21 February 2014
Saw this.film a few years back. Was browsing DVD lists and couldn't miss the opertunity to purchase a copy. This was one of four older films that I've bought in the last two to three weeks from yourselves. Excellent chic flic. Excellent delivery service. Keep up the good work.
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on 6 November 2013
Absolute classic love story, seen on tv millions of times and had to buy it for the cheap price it was, can watch over and over again... so romantic, great relaxing girly film with your friends, good story line, great actors, love texan!! Love it :)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2004
Well Miss Witherspoon triumphs again, in this story of a girl in love who has to confront her past. Reece witherspoon heads a relitavely unknown cast of young actors in a love story which tells of the story of a young fashion desicner due to be married bit with a secret which could scupper all her plans. Along side reece Wither spoon plays Candace Bergen the future mother in law from hell whose political aspiarations will allow nothing or no one to get in the way. This film was entertaining and very watchable a walk to the video shop or at this price a good investment. Whilst its not high art it will leave you feeling happy in a smaltzy kind of way.
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on 16 October 2013
Saw this film first of all on holiday and bought it when we got home. It is a very different type of film from the usual RomCom but nevertheless is great entertainment from start to finish (which is an unpredictable finish by the way).
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on 7 October 2013
One of a handful of films I'd watch more than once. It's a nice feel good film with clear story-line, (girl meets boy type), good actors and marvelous sets. Great film. Love the version of Sweet Alabama song too. Will recommend.
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on 22 April 2014
The dvd came 2 days earlier than expected which was good, it's a good film which puts a smile on your face! The acting in the film is also acted well as it doesn't come across as cheesy! Good film and will watch again.
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on 27 March 2013
I liked the story, I liked the leading actor. I think Reese a bit overdid it, I couldnt warm to her character and ended a movie not liking her. But I liked the movie and the guy was really good!
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on 26 January 2014
Just what I ordered. Good quality. Good value for money but would hesitate to order DVDs in future as some of them are apparently made for foreign use and will not work on British machines.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
There is nothing wrong with a film having a predictable plot. After all, in the biggest money making film of all time everybody knew the ship was going to sink. Not that there is anything wrong with surprising the audience (remember when it dawned on your that Julia Roberts did not deserve to get the guy in "My Best Friends Wedding"?). Kenneth Burke defined "form" as the creation of an appetite in the mind of an audience and the satisfying of that appetite. Therefore in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" we know that Toula is going to do the Ugly Duckling bit and live happily ever after. In "Sweet Home Alabama" we know that when Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) goes home to sweet Alabama to get a divorce from Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) in order to marry John John clone Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey) that it just ain't gonna happen. There is nothing wrong with that. But where "Sweet Home Alabama" fails is in not providing memorable moments of the heroine stopping to smell the magnolias as the movie works to its predictable conclusion.
The film begins with a trip down memory lane when young Melanie and Jake shared their first kiss and pledged undying love amidst a lighting strike. This certainly established an expectation on the part of the audience that a second lightning strike was going to play a pivotal role in the film's climax. But that is an appetite that is never satisfied. During the scene where Andrew proposes to Melanie at Tiffany's there are promising signs for the film's prospects in the delighted faces of the people standing behind the counters of diamond rings. It is a lovely little moment that we are allowed to enjoy. But early on we also have the fashion show where Melanie becomes a star and despite the cinematic possibilities inherent in beautiful women wearing gorgeous dresses walking down a runway, the film races through the moment. Instead of showing us that Melanie is a star, the film opts for just telling us she is a star and moves along.
The screenplay by C. Jay Cox, based on Douglas J. Eboch's story, does this one pretty much by the numbers. Melanie goes home and shows disdain for everybody and everything until she learns the error of her ways and the lies upon which she has built her new life are all revealed. Melanie is really a good girl deep down in her heart, a fact confirmed in our minds by the fact that both Jake's coon dog and his mom (Jean Smart) disregard her histrionics in favor of sedate total acceptance. The subplot involving Andrew's maniacal mayor mom (Candice Bergen) is just another set of numbers to be played out. True, Andrew does not deserve his fate in this film, but he was pretty much doomed once his mother read the poll results and went ahead with his birth.
Ultimately the film comes down to the revelation of Jake's secret. The reason that he never got the divorce from Melanie is that he wanted to prove he was good enough for her. On the one hand, what he came up with was an excellent choice, especially given the premises of the film. But on the other hand Melanie's discovery of the Jake's secret, which could have been the most wonderful moment in the film, goes back to the telling rather than showing. Melanie is given a couple of big clues to help her alone (My better way of doing it? Remember that object in Jake's trailer? It should have been at this place instead).
Witherspoon is fine given what she has to work with the script, but Lucas is the one who really shines, which is certainly saying something given his co-star, who is definitely the blonde de jour in American cinema at the moment. Besides, Jean Smart plays the mother of his character and that is always going to be a good sign in most movies. Lucas ends up being the lynchpin of "Sweet Home Alabama," and I shudder to think how low this film could have sunk if he did not provide it with some grounding. The film does little with the once and future happy couple's group of friends, and Mary Kay Place and Fred Ward are wasted as Melanie's parents in their doublewide trailer home. In the end I get the feeling that as soon as the people who made "Sweet Home Alabama" signed Reese Witherspoon to star in the film they stopped working on the script and started counting their profits.
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