Sweet Home Alabama

Melanie: Reese Witherspoon
Jake: Josh Lucas
Andrew: Patrick Dempsey
Earl: Fred Ward
Pearl: Mary Kay Place
Stella Kay: Jean Smart
Kate: Candice Bergen
Touchstone Pictures presents a film directed by Andy Tennant. Written by C. Jay Cox. Running time: 102 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for some language and sexual references).

Central Theme
Only marry someone to whom you can give your whole heart; once you’ve married never give up on the marriage.

Melanie is a Southern girl who has headed north to the big city to pursue her dream to be a fashion designer. Lightning strikes when on one day the premiere of her first fashion line is an overwhelming critical success and on the same day the mayor of New York’s son (and one-day presidential hopeful) proposes to her. There is one slight problem her teenage marriage to Jake, a good old-boy and childhood sweetheart, has never been annulled. Furthermore her fiancĂ© knows nothing of her humble southern roots but has been led to believe she is from a well-to-do southern family with a lovely mansion and plantation-like estate.

When this Southerner turned Yankee returns to her humble roots seeking the divorce, she comes face-to-face with a culture she thought she hated and learns she loves and a guy she dismissed as a childhood mistake who could be the best thing that ever happened to her.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Can youthful love be the right love?
–Once you’ve given your heart completely can you ever really take it back?
–Can you and should you ever turn away from your roots and the people and places who have made you who you are?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Lightning never strikes the same way twice.
==Jake to Melanie at 10 years of age.
–So I can kiss you anytime I want.
==Ten-year-old Jake to Melanie on why he wants to one day marry her.
–For one thing you can get your stubborn ass down here and give me a divorce.
==Melanie to Jake when she arrives at Pigeon Creek seeking a divorce.
–I missed you alright. But at this range my aim is bound to improve.
==Jake to Melanie on how he feels about their time apart.
–You’ve turned into some hoity-toity Yankee bitch and I’d like nothing better than to piss you off.
==Jake to Melanie.
–I’m not your wife. I’m just the first girl to climb into the back of your truck.
==Melanie back at Jake.
–Honey, just cause I talk slow doesn’t mean I’m stupid.
==Jake to Melanie.
–Nobody finds their soul mate at ten-years-old. I mean, where’s the fun in that right?
–Look at you. You have a baby…In a bar!
==Melanie to old High School friend.
–What makes you think you can treat them like something you step in?
==Jake to Melanie after she has humiliated and attacked her old friends.
–I’ve been pretty selfish lately. Dogs don’t know anything about that do they?
==Melanie to her deceased dog at the dog cemetery.
–I’m happy in New York, Jake. Then I come down here and this fits too.
==Melanie confesses her confusion to Jake.
–How come it has to be so complicated? Truth? Life? This?
==Melanie to jake.
–Why does it have to be one or the other? You can have roots and wings too Mel.
==Jake answers back.
–I still go out there to see the thunderclouds rolling in. It’s like a religion.
==Jake about the beach where lightning first struck when they were ten.
–It must be exhausting living a lie. You and I are in love with two different people.
==Jake to Melanie upon meeting her fiancé Andrew and realizing Andrew knows nothing of her roots and past.
–There’s nothing wrong with poor people; I get elected by poor people.
==Mayor of New York cynically trying to accept Melanie’s true dirt-poor roots.
–Like these plums. Sometimes the almost ruined ones make the best jam.
==Melanie’s mom.
–For someone who’s been holding on so long…you’re pretty quick to let it go.
==Jake’s mom.
–Even if he is a Yankee. At least he’s sober.
==Jake about Andrew.
–These things don’t just happen.
==Jakes mom when Buford reveals Melanie forgot to sign the divorce papers.
–Andrew, you don’t want to marry me. The truth is I gave my heart away a long time ago; my whole heart.
==Melanie to Andrew at their wedding.
–In my whole life I’ve never met anyone so deceitful and manipulative and I’m in politics! The future President of the U.S. is not going to be dumped by some psycho Daisy May.
==Mayor of NYC.
–Praise the Lord. The South has risen again.
==Melanie’s dad when she makes her choice.

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