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Sweet November (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 February 2001 (USA)
A workaholic executive, and an unconventional woman agree to a personal relationship for a short period. In this short period she changes his life.

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The story centers around a man and a woman, whose fates are intertwined and will change forever. Nelson is an avid advertiser living in San Francisco. One day, during a driving test, he meets Sara, a beautiful but seemingly eccentric woman. But, she is falsely accused of cheating and ends up failing the test because of Nelson. After getting kicked out of the exam, Sara waits for him outside and starts to insult him. However, Nelson ignores her and takes off. Then, she traces him down and shows up at his place. She promises to leave him alone only if he gives her a ride. Later that night, she asks him to live with her throughout November on the promise that his life will change for the better. He turns her down saying that he has a girlfriend. On the first day of November, after being fired and dumped on the very same day, Nelson decides to give it a try and then somehow, agrees to spend the whole month with Sara and finds himself in a desperate love affair that he will remember for ... Written by Emre Gunes

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She Just Needed A Month To Change His Life For Ever.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Doce Novembro  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,015,226, 18 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,288,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,754,228
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Charlize Theron turned down the role of Evelyn in Pearl Harbor (2001) to star in this movie. See more »

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Regarding the bag of gifts "Santa" brought in through the window: the dishwasher seems rather heavy and large to fit into the red bag and we don't see him bring it in the window, or through the door like when he went to pick up Ernie. We also never see him plug in/turn on/prepare the tiny bubble maker, yet it is pumping out bubbles when he uncovers it. See more »

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Nelson: Wow. Wow. Very, uh, Pink Flamingos.
Chaz: Oh my god. Sweetheart! He says I look like Divine!
[Brandon comes in with a tray wearing a dress]
Brandon: Ugh! That's awful. Although you could lose a few pounds.
Chaz: Stop it.
Brandon: You stop it.
Chaz: Bitch.
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Remake of Sweet November (1968) See more »

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Written by BT (as Brian Transeau)
Performed by BT
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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This film deserves a good review...
29 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Especially since I am not really a fan of romantic comedies/drama. This is not really a comedy per se, as there is a dramatic element to it, and the performances should not be so easily dismissed.

Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves look good together; Keanu is not playing a superficial action role, so the focus is not on him. This is a good thing, especially as we can then appreciate Charlize Theron's performance as Sara Deaver, a quirky girl who Nelson (Keanu) meets at the DMV in San Francisco. San Francisco is an interesting backdrop- the positive aspects of it are emphasized, and it becomes another character in the film.

Jason Isaccs plays Chaz Cherry, the local cross-dresser who is Theron's friend and confidante. He does well in this, and last night I actually saw him in "Friends With Money", wherein his talent was literally wasted. Liam Aiken portrays Abner, who is quasi-adopted by Theron and Reeves, as their relationship develops.

There are some funny scenes, like where Greg Germann (Reeves' co-worker at an ad agency) orders cappuccino and is told off by the waitress. Also where Reeves is presenting an ad campaign for hot dogs, and he eventually flips out.

The film works because it is not a gushing romance film; I am not a big fan of Reeves but he was very good in this film. Theron was excellent, as always, and there are some beautiful shots of the Bay in San Francisco, a nice backdrop for a bittersweet romance.


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