This film, which can be rentedfrom your local video store, israted on a scale of 1 to 4 caducei:
SWEET HOME ALABAMA
Sweet Home Alabama
Anna and the King
(2002): Beforethis movie hit thetheaters, I rememberreadingan article about itin the . The criticwas only given apartial preview ofthe movie, andshe said that her final review of itwould depend on the ending thatshe had yet to see—I couldn'tagree more. is about a New York fashiondesigner, Melanie (Reese Witherspoon),who accepts the marriageproposal of her JFK Jr-esqueboyfriend (Patrick Dempsey).Before proceeding, Melanie mustreturn to her small-town roots tosecretly secure a divorce from herhigh school sweetheart, Jake (JoshLucas). This is easier said thandone; Jake is reluctant to granther a divorce and Melanie's feelingfor him are rekindled. Normallyin a movie like this, theending is obvious; in this case,however, I felt as though even thedirector (Andy Tennant) wasn'tsure which way he wanted thefilm to go until he shot the finalframe (this is possibly why theabove-mentioned critic was notshown the ending). Tennant hasdone some good work in the past,including and, but I don't think thismovie measures up.
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