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Sweet Home Alabama | 2002 | PG-13 | - 2.2.3

Romantic comedy about a New York fashion designer (Reese Witherspoon) who suddenly finds herself engaged to the city's most eligible bachelor. What nobody knows is that she already has a husband, an Alabama redneck (Josh Lucas) who refuses to divorce her. Also with Fred Ward, Mary Kay Place and Patrick Dempsey. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman hug and kiss several times, a man and a woman dance and kiss a couple of times and a man and a woman hug. A boy and girl kiss and talk about getting married. Men and women dance together. A man takes off his shirt while changing his clothes and is bare-chested. Women wear outfits that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs, bare abdomens, and bare thighs. There is a line about someone being "buck naked," there is a discussion of "playing post office," and there are references to characters who are homosexual. Two men hug a woman at the same time making a "sandwich."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman punches another woman in the nose. A man is tackled to the ground by two other men. Lightning strikes near a boy and girl on a beach and there is a brief flame in the sand. A cannon is shot and an anvil crashes through a gazebo roof. A man and a woman argue bitterly and abusively, and a man and his mother argue. A man talks about a woman having blown up a bank by planting dynamite on the back of a cat. We see a battlefield littered with "dead" soldiers and it turns out to be a Civil War re-enactment. A man shoves a woman into his truck and she vomits (we hear her gagging) and a woman talks about a man having vomited on her. A woman grieves at the grave of her dog.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 sexual reference, 9 scatological terms (one not fully enunciated), 12 anatomical terms, 26 mild obscenities, 23 religious exclamations and some name-calling.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol and some people are shown very drunk. A man carries a woman, who's passed out from drinking, into her house.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, divorce, success, one's soul mate, lies, deceit, the fashion industry, marriage, miscarriage, grief, the North vs. the South, politics, vandalism, shoplifting, going home, the underground railroad.

MESSAGE - A soul mate is for life.

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