Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Sweet Home Alabama

Director: Andy Tennant

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey

Year: 2002

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Rated: PG-13

Length: 108 min.

IMDB Summary: A young woman with a Southern background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.

Although the premise of a Southern woman reinventing herself as a New York socialite and then returning to Alabama and reconnecting with her inner country girl sounds appealing, Sweet Home Alabama falls flat of its full potential due to its reliance on crude humor and immature behavior to elicit laughs. While Witherspoon's acting is great and complemented by that of co-stars Lucas and Dempsey, the characters resort to infantile outbursts and prep-school arguments to convey emotion, rather than drawing from a deeper well. Granted, this film is comedy and does not need to draw from the depths of human emotion. However, I would've liked some more genuine feelings to show through the characters' facades. That said, the plot, music and supporting characters are good, and make this movie worth the watch.

For Parents:
Very mild crude humor

My Rating:
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