Parents' Guide to

Sweet Home Alabama

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lightweight romcom has some cursing, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2002 109 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

Great funny movie.
age 14+

Lighthearted and fun movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Witherspoon has the charm, sparkle, and impeccable comic timing to keep an entire movie afloat and make it look effortless. It takes every bit of her talent and all-around adorability to keep this romantic comedy aloft, considering the considerable weight of its uncertain script. Without her, even the enticing premise and an exceptionally able supporting cast would sink under the weight of a plot that somehow manages to be both predictable and disjointed. The movie spends too much time reuniting Melanie with people from her past. It also spends much too much time introducing us to all kinds of adorable cracker stereotypes, and on a tired plot twist about Melanie's exaggeration of her family's social standing.

A terrific soundtrack helps, with a cover of the irresistible title tune and delicious songs by country greats. Lucas and Dempsey are both dreamy enough that even movie-savvy viewers may find it hard to pick the winner.

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