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Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama
Sweet Home Alabama
Sweet Home Alabama
  • PG-13
  • 1h 49m
  • 2002
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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When sophisticated New York clothing designer Melanie Carmichael gets engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor, she soon discovers it's no fairy tale romance. Melanie has skeletons in her fashion-filled closet that involve Jake - the "down-home" husband she married in high school who refuses to divorce her. Determined to cut ties with her past, Melanie returns to Alabama, but when home tugs at her heartstrings she is forced to decide what she really wants after all.
© 2002 Touchstone Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Reese Witherspoon is charming enough, but the road to Alabama is well-traveled.
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
Common Sense Says
Lightweight romcom has some cursing, drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sweet Home Alabama stars Reese Witherspoon as Melanie, a New York City fashion designer who returns to her rural Alabama town. Unlike so many movies in which Southerners are portrayed as little more than punchlines or bullying bigots, even the minor characters here have some depth and rise above typical stereotypes, even if the movie sometimes comes off as trying a little too hard to prove its Dixieness. Also encouraging: When a closeted gay man is outed in public, his friends offer positive models of acceptance. On the iffier side, you can expect occasional profanity, including "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "piss," "bastard," and "t-t." There are references to teen pregnancy, and Melanie gets drunk at a bar: She acts belligerent, vomits, and passes out. Drinking, vandalism, and minor crimes are portrayed as evidence of a free spirit.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:September 27, 2002
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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