7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweet Home Alabama

  
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Sweet Home Alabama is a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas. The film tells the story of Melanie Smooter, a Southern girl from a small town who becomes estranged from her past after she moves to New York to become a fashion designer. She is forced to return home after becoming engaged to a man named Andrew and must procure a divorce from her childhood sweetheart and estranged husband, Jake. Even though the film received mixed reviews from critics, it has a huge cult following of fans who absolutely loved it and still cherish it as one of their favorite movies today. It’s now been 15 years since the film was released, so here’s a look back at 7 things you probably didn’t know about Sweet Home Alabama!

7. Filming in New York City

Sweet Home Alabama was the first film allowed to shoot in New York City after the September 11, 2001 attacks. It was also the first film ever allowed to film in Tiffany’s since Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961.

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6. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron was originally sought out to play the lead role of Melanie Carmichael, but because there was an actor’s strike at the time, she had jumped to do the film Trapped. This left the door open for Reese Witherspoon, who was cast the same weekend that Legally Blonde hit the box office.

(c) Walt Disney/courtesy Everett Collection

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