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Drama, Romance



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Release date
February 16, 2001 (2001-02-16)

Herman Raucher, Paul Yurick (story), Kurt Voelker (story), Kurt Voelker (screenplay)

Herman Raucher, Kurt Voelker

(Nelson), (Sara), (Chaz), (Vince), (Angelica), (Brandon)

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Sweet November is a 2001 romantic drama film based in San Francisco starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, reuniting the actors after their previous appearance as husband and wife in The Devil's Advocate. The film is based on a film classic made in 1968 and written by Herman Raucher, and starring Anthony Newley and Sandy Dennis .


Sweet November (2001 film) movie scenes


Sweet November (2001 film) movie scenes

Nelson Moss meets Sara Deever, a woman very different from anyone he has met before. His ignorance leads to her failing her driving test. She beguiles him and continually asks him to spend a month with her on the promise that she will change his life for the better. On the first night of November, after Nelson is fired and dumped on the same day, she sleeps with him, and the next day Chaz, a close friend of Sara's, arrives and refers to Nelson as Sara's "November".

Sweet November (2001 film) movie scenes

Throughout November, the two experience happy times together and fall in love. Nelson examines his life and past, and befriends a fatherless child named Abner. Eventually, he realizes he is in love with Sara and asks her to marry him. It is revealed that Sara has terminal cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Because she cannot bear to have Nelson experience her death, she asks him to leave. Sara tells Chaz that Nelson proposed to her. Chaz says that it wasn't the first time that a man had proposed, implying Sara has had numerous "months" before. Sara confirms this but claims it was the first time she had wanted to say yes. She decides she will not continue the relationship to protect Nelson from being hurt. Nelson complies, but then stages a surprise return during the Thanksgiving holiday, giving her gifts that remind her of their happy times.

Sweet November (2001 film) movie scenes

They stay together for one more day; he posts November calendars all over her apartment walls, saying it can always be November for them. They make love, but the next morning, Nelson finds Sara is dressed. She asks him to leave, with all his calendars taken down. Nelson becomes confused and heartbroken. Sara asks Nelson to let her go so that he will always have happy memories of her and explains that this is how she needs to be remembered. She will return home to her family (whom she had been avoiding) and face her last days. The movie ends with Sara blindfolding Nelson, giving him one last kiss, and then walking away. Nelson then takes off the blindfold in tears, and is later shown at a park they went to on one of their dates.


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  • Keanu Reeves as Nelson Moss
  • Charlize Theron as Sara Deever
  • Jason Isaacs as Chaz Watley
  • Greg Germann as Vince Holland
  • Lauren Graham as Angelica
  • Liam Aiken as Abner
  • Frank Langella as Edgar Price
  • Ray Baker as Buddy Leach
  • Michael Rosenbaum as Brandon/Brandy
  • Robert Joy as Raeford Dunne
  • Jason Kravits as Manny
  • Tom Bullock as Al
  • Reception

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    Sweet November received negative reviews from critics, as the movie holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 96 reviews with the consensus: "Bad acting and direction plague this version of Sweet November. The story is unrealistic, as is the chemistry between Theron and Reeves."

    Due to the poor response the film had from critics, it was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Remake or Sequel (where it lost to Planet of the Apes), Worst Actor for Keanu Reeves (lost to Tom Green for Freddy Got Fingered) and Worst Actress for Charlize Theron (lost to Mariah Carey for Glitter). It is listed on Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.

    Box office

    The film opened at #4 at the North American Box office making $11,015,226 USD in its opening weekend, behind Recess: School's Out, Down To Earth and Hannibal. It would ultimately gross only $25.2 million domestically with an additional $40.4 million overseas to a total of $65.7 million worldwide.


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