Reese Witherspoon

Bridget Joness Diary (Double Sided)




Is it just me or are these posters nearly
identical?  Exploiting Reese's newfound
mainstream popularity she discovered in last
year’s Legally Blonde is not just pathetic,
it makes you feel like you're seeing double.

Sweet Home Alabama
Review written by: Alex Sandell

I think it's fitting that in this time of mid-term elections, I make like a celluloid politician and praise Reese Witherspoon before tearing her newest movie to shreds.  While working at Blockbuster Video 10 years ago, I repeatedly saw advertisements for a film called, Man in the Moon.  After weeks of watching these ads while dusting shelves, I decided to take this movie home and give it a chance.   It was excellent.  One of the best movies that I've ever seen.  And Mini-Reese (she was only 14 or 15 when she made her debut in this film), gave a performance that rivaled that of every experienced actor in the movieReese, in her debut, was really good.  At the time, I thought, "this chick's got potential!"  I put her as the top actress in my annual 1992 list of top actresses who would make it big, and actually turned out to be right.

Reese went on to pull off incredible performances in semi-independent films such as Freeway, Twilight, the amazing, Pleasantville, the incredible, Election, and the controversial, American Psycho.  And then came, Legally Blonde.   Oh, God, Legally Blonde.  This fairly lousy  Clueless rip-off may possibly be the worst career move in Reese Witherspoon's career, even if it did make her tremendously wealthy.  Now, not only does Reese have a sequel to the tepid Legally Blonde coming out, titled Legally Blonde:  Red White & Blonde, which she is reportedly being paid 15 million dollars for, she comes out with down-home crap like Sweet Home Alabama.

It's disturbing to watch a talent like Reese Witherspoon starring in all of these bleach-blonde disasters.  I was bothered by the mainstream Legally Blonde, and I am more bothered by this film.  Reese's character (Melanie Carmichael) is obviously going to decide that the ex-husband back in Alabama is the right one for her, rather than the elitist dude who can offer her the world, but not true love.  Yes, Reese, the 15-million dollar actress, doesn't care about diamond rings (probably because she can afford to buy them herself), but rather her estranged husband, who she is obviously still in love with.  Sweet Home Alabama is so predictable, and formulaic, that even the charms of Reese Witherspoon cannot save it.  You've seen this all before.  Hell, you've seen this all before in the ads.   

On the bright side of life, Reese is fun to watch, as always, but you do have to ask yourself whether or not you want to witness one of the best actresses ever trading in her talent for a big paycheck.  I hope your answer is no.  This film is not worth viewing, unless it's on some cable network at 2 in the morning, and you've already memorized all of the infomercials currently airing.

Shame on you, Reese.

On a scale of 1-10?

3 (and ONLY because I like Reese's acting)

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