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Story

Shelved for two years before its limited theatrical release, Waking Up in Reno is the kind of comedy that makes you feel guilty for laughing. The lowbrow fun begins when Arkansas car dealer Lonnie Earl (Billy Bob Thornton, perfectly cast) cheats on his wife Darlene (Natasha Richardson) with Candy (Charlize Theron), the wife of his best friend Roy (Patrick Swayze). When the couples pack up Lonnie Earl's ill-fated SUV to see the monster-truck jam in Reno, Nevada, Roy's meager sperm count and Candy's surprise pregnancy result in a series of marital repercussions. Stuck in a no-man's-land between road-trip farce and redneck parody, this comedic misfire trades in dimwit stereotypes and white-trash condescension, showing its age with a thankless hot-Latina cameo by Penélope Cruz. It's painless enough to be watchable, and Thornton's character is a likeable fool as he surveys the damage he's caused. Watch carefully, and you'll find plenty of mostly unfulfilled promise along with a half-hearted chuckle or two. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Natasha RichardsonDarlene Dodd
Holmes OsborneDoc Tuley
Billy Bob ThorntonLonnie Earl Dodd
Patrick SwayzeRoy Kirkendall
Charlize TheronCandy Kirkendall
Billy O'SullivanLonnie Earl III
Cleo KingJune
Chelcie RossFred Bush
Brent BriscoeRussell Whitehead
Mark FauserBoyd
David KoechnerBell Hop
Penelope CruzBrenda

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Jordan Brady
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 8, 2003
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