You can’t take the honky-tonk from the girl! Sweet Home Alabama became a classic romantic comedy almost as soon as it hit theaters in 2002, thanks to the charm and chemistry of the leads. Reese witherspoon other Josh lucas.
“Small town girl moves to big city and forgets her roots” is such a clichéd plot at the moment that it appears in about 90 percent of Christmas movies made for television, but in Sweet Home Alabamait just works. Witherspoon plays Melanie Smooter, a New York City fashion designer who hides her origins in Pigeon Creek, Alabama, using the last name “Carmichael.”
That plan seems to work for her until she gets engaged to Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey), the wealthy son of the mayor of New York (Candice Mountains). The problem is that she is already married, to Jake Perry (Lucas), the childhood sweetheart who was supposed to have divorced her years ago but never signed the papers. The only solution is to go back to Pigeon Creek and finalize the divorce, but since this is a romantic comedy, this is not how things develop between Melanie and Jake.
The movie is a fantasy, of course, but Witherspoon has said that Melanie’s struggles actually reflect some of her own experiences as a Louisiana-born, Tennessee-raised actress trying to make it big in Hollywood.
“When I read the script, I thought, ‘Do these people know my life story?'” He said during a City Hall event in 2018. “Because no matter how much you love where you are from, when you feel a little bit older, you get nostalgic. When I was 18, I thought, ‘I’m leaving here! I’ll never go back!’ “
The Oscar winner obviously changed her mind, as she now shares a Nashville home with her husband. Jim Toth. “When I was passing by Sweet Home AlabamaI was like, ‘This is exactly how so many young people feel. You want to leave home and then you realize that there are so many important things about being close to family or the people who knew you before, ‘”she recalled in 2018.“ And I really feel like that movie really sums up those ideas. And it was fun. It was fun. I had a blast doing it. “
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