Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She is a successful fashion designer, drawing rave reviews for her first collection, and she has just got engaged to the most eligible bachelor in Manhattan, the son of the Mayor. The world is at her feet but before she can get married she must first divorce the man she left behind in Alabama, where she is known by the name Melanie Smooter.
Trouble is her fiancée doesn’t know she was already married, so she has to get that divorce before the grooms mother finds out. Will the wedding go ahead? Will she remember where she came from before she turned all high and mighty? As you can probably tell this is a fairly slim storyline on which to hang a romantic comedy but, great things have come from lesser stories, so how does this one fair you can find out if you watch Sweet Home Alabama.
Firstly, the movie has an ace up its sleeve with the casting of Reese Witherspoon in the lead role. She is a very talented actress and lends this movie a certain class that is sorely needed. She is becoming one of the biggest box office hits in America and it would be great if she went for slightly more demanding material in the future.
This is a lightweight affair. The characters are slim and poorly scripted, the romance is never that convincing and the comedy is nothing like as present as it should be. It is a thoroughly average film, that said, it is never less than a pleasure to watch Sweet Home Alabama online, mainly because of Witherspoon’s performance and a general lightness of tone. I know that I am not the target audience for this movie but I found it to be a fairly diverting piece of entertainment that happily put pay to a couple of hours spare time.
Sadly it fails to follow through on its convictions and often lacks the extra ‘oomph’ to really add weight to a scene. What is here is nicely presented with good fidelity and some nice rear effects. This is a romantic comedy so there is little in the way of explosions, there are a few good thunderstorms though, and these should pleas any cinema fan.
A reasonable selection on offer here including a director commentary, alternate ending, music video and a selection of deleted scenes with introductions by the director. They are diverting and the alternative ending is interesting for anyone who wants to know how misguided these Hollywood folks can be.
A reasonably entertaining film in a reasonable package – could be worth watching.