MOVIES: Where Is the Love?

Hollywood's passion for romantic comedies is on the wane. Here's why the genre has been jilted

In Sweet Home Alabama, a romantic comedy opening this week, Reese Witherspoon plays a Manhattan fashion designer who returns to her rural hometown to get a divorce from her high school sweetheart. She does not, however, fake her own death as a joke. She does not, while drunk in a honky-tonk, make a crude reference to oral sex. All that was cut because the studio was worried that the heroine of Sweet Home Alabama wouldn't seem sweet enough.

There were other concerns. The ending was reshot in order to make her character more sympathetic. The original script by C. Jay Cox...

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