Our favorite zingers from a movie that’s slap full of them.
Sweet Home Alabama, the 2002 hit starring Reese Witherspoon as Melanie Carmichael, is known for its script. Sometimes cheesy (“What’d you want to marry me for anyhow?”) and sometimes razor-sharp (“You can't ride two horses with one ass, sugarbean”), it always captures that unmistakable charm of something said with a Southern accent. Here, some of the best Sweet Home Alabama quotes:
1. The ultimate quote that bookends the movie’s beginning and end:
Young Melanie: “Why would you want to marry me for, anyhow?”
Young Jake: “So I can kiss you anytime I want.”
2. This quip worth stealing next time you need a good comeback:
Melanie Carmichael: “You expect me to tell you look good? What, did they run out of soap at the Piggly Wiggly since I left?”
3. Sometimes it’s really all about tone…and cadence:
Melanie Carmichael: “Look at you, you have a baby... In a bar.”
4. You can just hear the Southern accent on this one, can’t you?
Clinton: “Well hell's bells, if it ain't Felony Melanie.”
5. A heartwarming pause from all the divorce-paper-flinging:
Pearl, while cutting up plums: “Some people might call 'em spoiled, but I think that these almost ruined ones sometimes make the sweetest jam.”
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6. When Dad makes a pretty good point:
Earl Smooter: “You can't ride two horses with one ass, sugarbean.”
7. We shouldn’t have to tell you twice:
Jake: "Honey, just cause I talk slow doesn't mean I'm stupid."
8. Okay, another moment of cheese, but it’s so good:
Melanie: "The truth is I gave my heart away a long time ago, my whole heart, and I never really got it back."
9. After Melanie’s would-be mother-in-law smacks her first mosquito of “six million”
Earl Smooter: "Careful, you just killed the state bird of Alabama!"