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Sweet November is a bittersweet romance about a free spirited woman that helps a workaholic reevaluate his priorities in life.


I love November. I love autumn. November in Utah is kind of like March in Utah. March has the whole lion/lamb identity… days that are perfect hints of beautiful summer days to come, followed by days of the roaring wind and reminders of the harsh winter soon to be left behind. Whereas November… Sweet November… is filled with the last lingering days of crisp blinding sunshine alternating with days of freezing temperatures and pelting snowflakes to remind us that the warmth will not last. And every November, I also think of this movie, bittersweet like the weather.


  • Starring: Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves
  • Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and language.
  • Released: 2001
  • Genre: Romance, Drama, Tear-Jerker
  • My Opinion: A tragic and beautiful love story.


Nelson has it all. The rich and famous job, the professionally decorated penthouse, the beautiful (yet very neglected girlfriend), and the lifestyle that everyone else envies. So when he meets a bizarre and uncollected woman that offers to help him improve his life, he scoffs! But as things fall apart in his world, he takes comfort in hers, and eventually becomes her “November”. Nelson agrees to spend the month with her to see what else life could possibly have to offer.


No. My infatuation with Keanu Reeves does not bias my opinion of this movie! If you like a good romance, Sweet November fits the bill. This is one I don’t ever get tired of watching. It has a bit of everything: laughter, tears, eccentric characters, ponderous moments… you can’t go wrong. We could all learn a lesson from this movie… slow down, enjoy the little things, and take time for love.


  • Sweet November is currently available on Netflix Instant Streaming.
  • You can purchase this movie at Amazon.com.
  • There are also plenty of good used copies at eBay.


If you liked Sweet November you might also like Autumn In New York, starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, about a playboy who falls for a terminally ill young woman. Autumn In New York is also currently available on Netflix Instant Streaming.