20+ Sweet Home Alabama Quotes That All Rom-Com Fans Will Love

Georgia Stone
Dec 12, 2023 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Feb 16, 2021
Sweet Home Alabama' is packed with nuanced quotes from several characters

The romantic comedy 'Sweet Home Alabama' was directed by Andy Tennant and released in 2002.

The title of the film was derived from the song by Lynyrd Skynyrd. 'Sweet Home Alabama' stars Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Mary Kay Place, Fred Ward, Candice Bergen, and Jean Smart.

The film starts with young Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon) and Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) in sweet home Alabama on a beach, where Jake (Josh Lucas) asserts that they will be married in the future.

Fast forward to the present, and young Melanie is a New York-based fashion designer engaged to the most eligible bachelor in the city, Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey).

She has even changed her name to Melanie Carmichael so that her Southern roots aren't detected.

After Andrew proposes, Melanie decides to make a trip to Alabama to give her parents the news and finalize her divorce from Jake (Josh Lucas), her estranged husband. A series of events take place here, including a fallout with her childhood friend, Bobby Ray Bailey and Melanie begins to learn more about Jake's life here.

When Andrew arrives and learns of Melanie's real background, the wedding is canceled, but he soon decides he still wants to be with her and the preparations go forward as planned. At the wedding, however, she realizes that she still loves Jake and lets Andrew know with a much-loved quote, "The truth is........back."

She finds Jake at the beach and lets him know her feelings, declaring that they're still married and that's what she wants.

If you're a fan of Rom-Coms, 'Sweet Home Alabama' is full of quotes that get it right. Check out our list of quotes from 'Sweet Home Alabama' that surely won't disappoint.  

For more famous movie quotes, you can check out our articles on 'The Vow' quotes and [Hitch quotes].

'Sweet Home Alabama' Love Quotes

It wouldn't be a Rom-Com without some love quotes now, would it? This list of love quotes from the movie is sure to make you smile.

1. "The truth is I gave my heart away a long time ago, my whole heart, and I never really got it back."

– Melanie Carmichael.

2. "He knew that it would take more than an apology to get you back. He’d have to conquer the world first. He’s been trying ever since."

– Lurlynn.

3. "Jake Perry: The girl I knew used to be fearless.

Melanie Carmichael: The girl you knew didn't have a life.

Jake Perry: Guess you better get on with it then."

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

4. "You’re the first boy I ever kissed, Jake, and I want you to be the last."

– Melanie Carmichael.

5. "Your daddy... Lord, but I was a fool for that man. I couldn't even put one foot in front of the other. I just kept thinking, 'oh, preacher, hurry up before he changes his mind'!"

- Pearl Smooter.

6. "Lurlynn: It's amazing the way things don't turn out.

Melanie Carmichael: It's amazing the way they do."

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

Funny Quotes

There's no drought of funny quotes from the movie, 'Sweet Home Alabama' and this list is proof of it.

7. "You can take the girl out of the honky tonk, but you can’t take the honky tonk out of the girl."

– Bobby Ray.

8. "Melanie Carmichael: And, don't even pretend like you missed me.

Jake Perry: Oh, I missed you, all right. But, at this range, my aim is bound to improve."

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

9. “Just cuz I talk slow doesn't mean I'm stupid.”

- Jake Perry.

10. "Stella Kay: You know for someone whose been holding onto something for so long, you're pretty quick to let it go.

Jake Perry: I can't control her.... Anymore that I can control the weather."

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

11. "I’ve never met anyone so manipulative, so deceitful, and I’m in politics."

- Mayor Kate Hennings.

12. "Why don't you go back to your double wide and fry something?"

- Mayor Kate Hennings.

13. “I better have my lawyer take a look at these. I'm just a simple country boy. There's all kinds of big words in here I can't even pronounce. Hell, you might be takin' me to the cleaners for all I know.”

– Jake Perry.

14. "You expect me to tell you look good? What, did they run out of soap at the Piggly Wiggly since I left?"

– Melanie Carmichael.

15. "You can't have roots and wings."

– Jake Perry.

16. "Wade: I'm here to bring you in, young lady!

Jake Perry: What did she do this time?

Wade: Well, the way I hear it... seems like she run out on a perfectly good cake!"

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

17. "Melanie Carmichael: Now what kinda wife would I be if I didn't pick up after my husband?

Jake Perry: The kind that don't live here!"

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

Marriage Quotes

Here's a list of marriage quotes from the movie.

18. "Nobody finds their soulmate when they’re ten. I mean, where’s the fun in that, right?"

– Jake Perry.

19. "Jake Perry: Whatcha wanna be married to me for?

Melanie Carmichael: So I can kiss you anytime I want."

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

20. "You show up here, after seven years, without so much as a 'hey there, Jake, remember me... your wife'! Or a, 'hi honey, lookin' good. How's the family'?".

– Jake Perry.

21. "Melanie Carmichael: What are you doing?

Jake Perry: Leavin, you done it, you should recognize the gesture."

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

22. "Jake Perry: You go right ahead and spent your money.

Melanie Carmichael: Oh but, darlin', I thought you said we should think of it as our money? Just a guess, but I'm thinkin' the words 'joint checkin' are flashin' into your head right now?"

- 'Sweet Home Alabama.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'Sweet Home Alabama' quotes, then why not take a look at 'Wedding Crashers' quotes, or You've Got Mail movie quotes.

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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