Looking for fluffy, lighthearted entertainment, then this film is just the ticket. The plot is simple enough, Melanie Carmichael, a.k.a. Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon ), escaped Alabama to make her way to New York city on her way to becoming the next big name in fashion design. Her relationship to the mayor's son (Josh Lucas ) gets taken to a whole new level when he proposes. Melanie leaves New York to go back to her hometown to douse a former sweetheart / spouse's (Patrick Dempsey) flame. Though the couple finds that they are not the same people they once were, and a lot has changed in nine years. The onlyadvice I can offer is don't go in expecting to laugh from beginning to end, this movie makes for a good lighthearted drama rather then a bubbly comedy.