THE PLOT THUS FAR
A successful, big city girl returns to her small town roots after a family emergency. Once there she goes on a soulful journey to reconnect with family and friends and finds romance along the way.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Someone told LeeAnn Rimes that she can act. So, we now have this film to endure. Rimes found a “Sweet Home Alabama” knock-off to showcase her strengths as a middlin’ Country performer who hasn’t had a hit since the days of “Coyote Ugly”. The basic story is that Rimes returns her home after her father has heart problems. The family doesn’t know what to make of her since she ran off to the city. Now, she has to learn whether or not it was a good idea to leave.
I believe that the movie started life as a CMT original. Therefore, you can understand why they pulled Reynolds into the mix to use him as a star anchor. The film is forgettable and full of enough stereotypes to make you go cross-eyed. Hell, I expected to see an old guy drinking out of a XXX jug at one point. What can you say? It’s modern hicksploitation.
The DVD comes with interviews with Rimes and Reynolds. The Dolby track is supportive, but it’s not overpowering. Still, the transfer suffers from minor digital noise across the film. But, I guess that’s what you can expect from a movie shot for basic cable. In the end, I’d recommend a rental to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 06/19/2012