Sweet Home Alabama (Bilingual)
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This delightfully entertaining romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon (LEGALLY BLONDE) as sophisticated Melanie Carmichael, a rising New York clothing designer who suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But this is no fairy tale romance for Melanie. She has skeletons in her fashion-filled closet that include Jake -- 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.
La star américaine montante Reese Witherspoon avait déjà sauvé du désastre la comédie Legally Blonde. Elle récidive en faisant de Sweet Home Alabama, réalisé par Andy Tennant, un film romantique plus que respectable.
Mélanie Carmichael a tout ce dont elle peut rêver. Conceptrice de mode remarquée, ravissante, elle est sur le point dépouser le célibataire le plus en vue de New York : le fils de la Maire (interprétée par une Candice Bergen délectable). Mais avant de vivre pleinement son conte de fées, elle devra retourner dans sa ville natale de lAlabama pour divorcer de son premier mari, Jake.
Il est vrai que, dans ce Sweet Home Alabama irrémédiablement sentimental, lamour finit par triompher des fossés culturels et sociaux de façon un peu simple et prévisible, et que la bande sonore est parfois agaçante. En revanche, lexagération du décalage entre le monde huppé et branché de New York et lunivers rustre de lAlabama donne lieu à des situations assez drôles et dynamiques. Si lensemble manque dun certain cynisme qui le rendrait plus croustillant, il est cependant facile de se laisser porter par la fraîcheur et la personnalité de Reese Witherspoon. La jeune actrice fait de son personnage plus quune midinette écervelée et ajoute grandement au charme de cette comédie au final plutôt honorable. --Helen FaradjiSee all Product Description
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I saw this movie at the theatre when it came out and found myself watching it over and over again on cable. In fact, I watched it 4 time last week on STARZ.
The movie has a simple plot: Melanie is from the country and is now an up and coming fashion designer. She wants to marry NYC's most eligible bachelor, Andrew, the son of the mayor. However, she is still married to a high school sweetheart, Jake. She has to go back to her hometown to get her divorce, but finds that she still has feelings for Jake.
I think the purpose of the movie is to give the viewers enjoyment for an hour and a half. We aren't saving the world, but we sure feel good which watching this movie. I love Patrick Dempsey and it is great to see him looking so sophisticated and suave. Josh Lucas isn't really a newcomer (he was in A Beautiful Mind) but he is able to star in this one (think Matthew McConaghey meets Paul Newman).
And of course, Reese Witherspoon does a great job as the country girl/hot shot city girl!
When you see the movie the first time, many of the scenes are very funny. When you see it again, you still enjoy it (if you're a fan of this genre), but more for the romance and the beautiful settings (there is a scene in Tiffany's that is amazing) than the humor. However, it is still well worth the trip to Alabama again and again. Witherspoon packs so much charm and grace in her role.
The DVD is actually a great buy for movie fans. The director takes you through an entire storyline that was cut (Witherspoon's assistant having a crush on Dempsey's character) and explains why. He also shows you an alternate ending that was shot and cut. His commentary over the film is also interesting, particularly as this was one of the first films shot in NY after September 11th. Plus, he tells you about various choices he made-for example, both guys were good guys, making the heroine's decision harder.
I would recommend "Sweet Home Alabama" to fans of the romantic comedy genre or Southern flavored movies. I would caution those who don't like romantic comedy-this movie most likely won't change your mind. However, for all students of film, the dvd is interesting for the insights into the process of making this movie.
The problem is that Melanie hails from from Pigeon Creek, Alabama, a town that has not changed much in years, and her past is not pretty. Since she is ashamed of her roots, Melanie has invented a more palatable story about her upbringing, pretending that she grew up as an upper class young lady in a mansion. Will she be able to keep her secrets hidden long enough to marry Andrew? Or will the easygoing charm of Pigeon Creek lure her away from the excitement and challenges of life in New York City?
If you do not know the answers to these questions, then you are not paying attention. The entire plot of this movie is telegraphed after the first fifteen minutes. Since we know where the movie is headed, what makes it watchable? The answer is the cast. Witherspoon is cute, charming and spunky. Both Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey are adorable as the two men who love Melanie. Good supporting work is provided by Candice Bergen who is typecast as the overbearing and snooty mayor and Fred Ward and Mary Kay Place as Melanie's loving but confused parents.
If you want a movie with surprises, twists and turns, this is not the film for you. If you want to kick back and watch an old fashioned, easy-to-take romantic comedy with a perfectly cast leading lady, you could do worse than "Sweet Home Alabama."
Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) is riding high. Her recent fashion show went off perfectly, and the man of her dreams (Patrick Dempsey) has asked her to marry him. One problem - she needs to get her husband Jake (Josh Lucas) to sign the divorce papers. So she hightails it down to Alabamy, anxious to get the papers signed so she can get on with her life.
Ah, but not so fast. Jake's not letting her off the hook that easily. Nope, first he calls the cops on her, since she appropriates his spare key and enters his (their) house. When the sheriff discovers they're still married, though, he holds up his hands and calls it a domestic dispute. Jake won't sign the papers, he says, because she's turned into a a high-class, highfalutin, effete snob. Ok, those are my words, not Jakes, but you get the picture. Our little girl has some growing up to do!
Much of the plot has to do with culture clash - Melanie walking down Main Street gabbing on a cell phone, Melanie in a honkytonk bar shootin' pool while women with babies linger nearby. This is all that Melanie left when she escaped from her tiny hometown seven years ago to make it on her own, and naturally at first she can do nothing more than turn up her nose at everything in the hamlet.
Ah, but of course she's due for her comeuppance, and that's where Jake and the rest of the town come in. Someone must be Taught a Lesson, else it wouldn't be much of a movie. Jake refuses to sign the papers so Melanie can be Taught a Lesson.Read more ›
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One of those films that you can watch over and over. Down home feel good movie with good music to boot.Published 13 months ago by Debra-Lynn
Although Alabama is portrayed in a down home, positive light, I don't recall any black people in the movie. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Just Past The Edge