Plot of the Movie "Sweet November"

by Robyn Lynne Schechter

"Sweet November" is a remake of a 1968 film by the same name.

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"Sweet November" is a romantic drama starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. Released on February 16, 2001, by Warner Brothers, the movie marked the second time that Reeves and Theron teamed up on the silver screen, having previously starred in "The Devil's Advocate" in 1997. "Sweet November" is a remake of a 1968 movie with the same title based on the same story written by Herman Raucher.


In "Sweet November," Keanu Reeves takes on the role of Nelson Moss, a career-focused, high-strung advertising executive. Sara Deever, played by Charlize Theron, is carefree, easy-going and playful. The two cross paths at a San Francisco DMV, where Moss causes Deever to fail a test. After tracking down Moss to ask for compensation for her troubles, Deever piques Moss' interest because she is different from any other women he has previously met.


As Nelson and Sara become familiar with each other, she reveals to him that every month she houses a new lover and helps him to overcome his emotional problems. Sara repeatedly asks Nelson to be her "November," sensing he could use help, and eventually he agrees to move in with her for the month. While living with Sara, Nelson begins to examine his life -- what is important and what is not -- and is inspired by Sara's empathy for and commitment to others. The two fall in love, which eventually leads Nelson to propose to Sara. She has been proposed to before, but Nelson is the first man to whom she would like to say yes.


Instead of saying yes to Nelson's marriage proposal, and living happily ever after, the proposal makes Sara reveal that has terminal cancer. Hoping to prevent Nelson from suffering after her demise, Sara ends the relationship, though Nelson continues to pursue her, reminding her of their happy times together. After one final kiss, the two go their separate ways. A tearjerker, for sure.


Despite moderate success -- the movie recouped enough money in its domestic and foreign runs to cover production costs -- the film was slammed by critics. "Sweet November" was nominated for worst remake and worst actors for both Reeves and Theron at the 2001 Razzies, an annual award given to Hollywood's worst movies/performers of the year -- though it did not win in any category.

About the Author

Robyn Lynne Schechter is a freelance writer currently living in Los Angeles, Calif. She has been an online contributor since 2007 on, covering branding developments in the fashion, music, sports and entertainment industries. Schechter graduated from Hood College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and is also a graduate of Albany Law School.

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