Sweet Home Alabama - Sunday 22 July

Sweet Home Alabama Sunday July 22, 8.30pm

America’s sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon, and Grey’s Anatomy star, Patrick Dempsey, star in the romantic-comedy Sweet Home Alabama (Sunday July 22, 8.30pm on TV2).

Witherspoon plays New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael, a small town gal who suddenly finds herself engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor (Dempsey). For Melanie, the proposal is a dream come true, but first she must deal with Jake (Josh Lucas), the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Determined to end their relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks home to Alabama to confront her past. There, she reunites with her parents and her old high school pal Lurlynn (New Zealander Melanie Lynskey). Before long, Melanie discovers that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl.
For Witherspoon, the process of deciding to do Sweet Home Alabama emerged from a unique place. “This movie reminds me of similar things that I’ve dealt with in my own life, as far as having a Southern upbringing, moving out of the South to an urban city and then returning home with different experiences and perspectives,” she says. “That notion was an element in the script that I found attractive when Andy presented this project to me.”

Josh Lucas also drew on his Southern roots as he prepared to play Jake, Melanie’s estranged husband. “I come from the South originally,” he says. “So for me, when I read the script for Sweet Home Alabama, I immediately responded to this incredible energy that it captured about the essence of the South and about the differences between South and North.”

For Dempsey, the film is, “About finding your soul mate; about finding the right person – and in Sweet Home Alabama there are two good people for Melanie to choose from. So it’s a love story and a comedy – and the comedy comes from the concept of the North versus the South – the city and the country – and how the people from each region interact and how they misunderstand one another”. Dempsey also thoroughly enjoyed working with Reese Witherspoon. “She’s great. I’ve always been a big fan of hers, especially from Election. The camera just loves her.”

Sweet Home Alabama screens 8.30pm on TV2, Sunday July 22.

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