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After establishing herself as a bankable star with the fish out of water comedy , Reese Witherspoon returns in what could be described as a "fish back in water" comedy. Melanie Carmichael (Witherspoon) is a successful New York fashion designer who is dating Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey), a wealthy socialite whose mother, Katherine Hennings (Candice Bergen), is the Big Apple's mayor. One day, Andrew pops the big question and asks Melanie to marry him; Melanie is overjoyed, but unknown to Andrew, Melanie has some unfinished business to take care of first. Despite her polished uptown image, Melanie grew up poor in the deep South, and as a teenager she married her high school sweetheart Jake Perry (Josh Lucas). Things went sour and Melanie moved East, reinventing herself along the way, but Jake never bothered to legally end their marriage. Now Melanie has to return to her hometown of Pigeon Creek, AL, to tell her parents (Fred Ward and Mary Kay Place) the news and convince Jake to grant her a divorce; however, the more time she spends with her old flame, the more she feels sparks flying between them again, while she also learns her Eastern affectations don't fly with everyone back home. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 27, 2002


Reese Witherspoon
as Melanie Carmichael
Josh Lucas
as Jake Perry
Patrick Dempsey
as Andrew
Candice Bergen
as Mayor Katherine Hennings
Mary Kay Place
as Pearl Smooter
Fred Ward
as Earl Smooter
Jean Smart
as Stella Kay
Ethan Embry
as Bobby Ray
Melanie Lynskey
as Lurlynn
Courtney Gains
as Wade
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Dorothea
Rhona Mitra
as Tabatha
Nathan Lee Graham
as Frederick
Dakota Fanning
as Young Melanie
Ted Manson
as Colonel Murphy
Ambre Lake
as Wedding Coordinator


Andy Tennant
Neal H. Moritz
Stokely Chaffin
C. Jay Cox
Andrew Dunn
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
Laura Z. Wasserman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Troy T. Takaki
Clay Griffith
Production Designer
Jay Pelissier
Art Director
Michael Fottrell
Executive Producer
Jon Jashni
Executive Producer
Wink Mordaunt
Executive Producer
Lisa K. Sessions
Set Designer
Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell
Costume Designer
Louis D'Esposito
First Assistant Director
Kathleen Chopin
Jeanne McCarthy
Juel Bestrop
George Watters II
Supervising Sound Editor