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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update. The lead character, a successful fashion deer living in New York City, learns to see the good in her rural Alabama hometown.
An excess of "Southern" cliches and stock Southern behavior, but the movie does challenge regional stereotyping of place and character. When the main character outs her friend in front of everyone in hometown bar while extremely drunk, his peers offer positive models of acceptance. Melanie chose "wings" over "roots" by pursuing her dream as a fashion deer in New York City, and she finds a way to remain true to herself while becoming proud of where she came from.
Profanity regularly used. Tiffany prominently featured in engagement scene. Bar scene in which characters drink beer and shots. Lead character gets extremely drunk, acts belligerent, vomits, passes out. Martini drinking, champagne drinking. 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. Drinking, vandalism, and minor crimes are portrayed as evidence of a free spirit. Add your rating See all 6 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 17 kid reviews. Not only is it a huge success, but she also gets a swooningly romantic marriage proposal from a gorgeous, thoughtful, supportive man Patrick Dempsey who adores her -- and who happens to be the son of the mayor of New York Candice Bergen.
It's the 21st-century Cinderella dream come true, except for one hitch -- literally. Way back when she was just Melanie Cooter of Pigeon Creek, Alabama, she got herself hitched to her childhood sweetheart, and now she needs to get herself unhitched so that she can be free to marry Prince Charming. So, she goes back home for the first time in seven years, and she finds out that you can take the girl out of Pigeon Creek, but you can't take Pigeon Creek out of the girl. Her accent comes back, and, more disconcertingly, so do some of her feelings for her husband, Jake Josh Lucas.
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 disted. 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. Families can talk about "opposite" places and people. How does the movie use the opposites of New York City and rural Alabama to reveal not only differences in people, but similarities as well?
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Sweet Home Alabama. Popular with kids Parents recommend. Lightweight romcom has some cursing, drinking. PG minutes. Rate movie. Watch or buy. Based on 6 reviews. Based on 17 reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.
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