Movies I Love: Sweet Home Alabama

Here is another one of my favorite movies:

“Sweet Home Alabama” is about a woman named Melanie Charmichael (Reese Witherspoon) who has recently become a successful fashion designer in New York City. On the night of her big fashion show debut at The New York Fashion Week, her wealthy socialite boyfriend Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey) proposes. Melanie is thrilled, but Andrew’s mother Katherine Hennings (Candice Bergen,) who just so happens to be the mayor, is far from being happy. She feels Melanie is in no way good enough for her son.

Melanie in fact does have ghosts in her past, and secrets from Andrew that could get in the way of their marriage. Melanie sets off to her hometown of Pigeon Creek, Alabama to take care of some of her unfinished business. Despite Melanie’s uptown image, she actually grew up poor in the deep south. As a teenager she married her high school sweetheart Jake Perry (Josh Lucas.) When things went south in their marriage Melanie moved to the East Coast and reinvented herself. The one small problem is despite Melanie sending Jake divorce papers, numerous times, he has never acknowledged them, nor signed them, so he and Melanie are still legally married.

Melanie must inform her parents that she is engaged to be married, and try’s desperately to convince Jake to he sign their divorce papers. There is still a lot of chemistry between Melanie and Jake, despite it coming out as flat out fighting, resistance, bickering, and lots of frustration. Melanie all the while tries to keep where she is from Andrew, and Andrew’s mother is busy digging up dirt on Melanie to try and convince her son she isn’t good enough for him to marry.

Melanie meanwhile grows desperate for Jake to sign the divorce papers, which he keeps on refusing to do. As Melanie spends more time in Pigeon Creek with her family, and old friends, she begins to develop feelings again for Jake and the life she left behind. The question Melanie must face is does she still love Jake enough to stay in Alabama where she grew up poor, or does she really love Andrew who can give her a life of privilege in New york City? You have to watch the movie to see which love she chooses, I don’t want to spoil it!

I love this movie first simply because Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas are in it. I have always loved Witherspoon’s sweet charm, and have always had a crush on Lucas. The movie is also excellent because there is such chemistry between the two actors, you can just feel the anger between the two when they fight, the pain when they talk about their past, and the growing passion between the two as they spend more time together.

There are a few plot twists that keep the movie interesting, and that also make any woman love Lucas’s character even more than you already do. I find this to be just a sweet, charming, and heartwarming romantic comedy. I love how the character’s transform, how shame is dealt with, the decision on how to figure out where one truly belongs, and best of all the ending makes my heart swell every time. I highly recommend this movie if you want a lighthearted, funny romantic comedy, with great acting.

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