New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. But Melanie's past holds many secrets, including Jake, the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past.

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  1. C. Jay Cox


  2. Douglas J. Eboch


  3. Andy Tennant


Top Billed Cast

  1. Reese Witherspoon

    Reese Witherspoon

    Melanie "Carmichael" Smooter Perry

  2. Josh Lucas

    Josh Lucas

    Jake Perry

  3. Patrick Dempsey

    Patrick Dempsey

    Andrew Hennings

  4. Candice Bergen

    Candice Bergen

    Mayor Kate Hennings

  5. Rhona Mitra

    Rhona Mitra

    Tabatha Wadmore-Smith

  6. Deborah Duke

    Deborah Duke


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 48m

Budget $30,000,000.00

Revenue $180,622,424.00

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Release Information

  • September 27, 2002
    PG-13, Theatrical



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