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Betty -- Comedy about a widow's post-traumatic obsession with a soap star.


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  (in credits order)
Cheryl Pollak ... Betty Monday

Holland Taylor ... Crystal Ball

Udo Kier ... Vincent Lord

Ron Perlman ... Donnie Shank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Gregory ... Fred
Dan O'Donahue ... Burt Becker

Directed by
Richard Murphy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Murphy 

Produced by
Stephen Gregory .... producer
Richard Murphy .... producer
Cheryl Pollak .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Olins 
Cinematography by
Holly Fink 
Film Editing by
Tricia Cooke 
Costume Design by
Mabelle Bray 
Makeup Department
Lori Ann Baker .... key hair stylist
Lori Ann Baker .... makeup department head
Lori Garofolo .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Cheryl Pollak .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Alan Hensz .... assistant director
Art Department
Heather Kurlander .... art department
Warren Powell .... art department
Mark Schultz .... art department
Don Stroud .... set dresser
Sound Department
Lionel Ball .... production sound mixer
Mike Bieriger .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Chan .... adr mixer
Thomas Chan .... foley mixer
Daniel Colman .... sound effects editor
R.D. Floyd .... dialogue editor
R.D. Floyd .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Harris .... boom operator
Evelyn Hokanson .... adr recordist (as Evelyn Nickle)
Rick Kusnier .... adr editor
Jack Levy .... sound effects
Dan O'Donahue .... boom operator
Diane Parrino .... foley artist
Allan R. Potter .... adr editor
Mike Shuman .... assistant sound editor
Ken Stange .... sound editor
Paul Vitello .... post-production sound supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ty Aihara .... electrician
Adrian Cranage .... first assistant camera
Tomislav Culina .... dolly grip
Johannes Frick .... grip
Anthony Gotta .... gaffer
Michael Hammer .... second assistant camera
Ely Mennin .... electrician
Haap Peacock .... grip
Darryl Rue .... key grip
Editorial Department
David Diliberto .... assistant editor
Patrick Gallagher .... assistant editor
Paul Tanzillo Jr. .... negative cutter
Music Department
Demelza Cronin .... music editor (as Demelza Rylance)
Other crew
Gina Cavalier .... production assistant
Majida Dandy .... production assistant
Marcy Wexler .... talent coordinator

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87 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Campy fun, unapologetically silly, 5 November 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

"Betty" is a campy comedy about a lovably neurotic woman, a decade before Liz Lemon swept us off our feet in "30 Rock". Much like 30 Rock, this movie is peppered with goofy humor sometimes almost bordering on "Airplane!"-esque absurdity or at least SNL ridiculousness. But at the same time it's a quiet movie with plenty of room to breathe, and a lot of it feels like watching a stage production of a woman delivering a series of bizarre monologues.

For example, one of my favorite scenes is when Betty rants to her therapist about a chicken sandwich. It goes on for 5 minutes or so, almost a painfully long time, but call me crazy, I loved it. And I don't even like chicken.

Then we may cut to an inexplicably bizarre scene like Betty filling a swimming pool full of Fruit Loops just so she can clean it all out 30 seconds later. I got a kick out of that, too, and I can't even swim.

The whole movie is full of seemingly nonsensical moments like that which may or may not apply to your life (probably not, unless you're so rich and/or bored that you can afford to buy 100 lbs of Fruit Loops). But at the same time, through Betty's (Cheryl Pollack's) endearingly dorky performance, you feel like you could be watching your own life. There are lots of simple visual gags, like Betty passively-aggressively fighting with her pool chair, reminding us about the catastrophe of everyday annoyances.

Brief but fun performances by Udo Kier (who played numerous Draculas in the 70s) as the confused realtor, Holland Taylor (who played Ruth on the 80s sitcom "Bosom Buddies" or more recently Evelyn Harper on "Two and a Half Men") as the psychotic therapist, and my absolute favorite: Ron Perlman (Hellboy!) as a grandfatherly door-to-door salesman add spice to this satirical (but not sarcastic) comedy. I should also add that there are a lot of "old school cinema inside jokes" like, for example, the way Betty looks like Jackie O's twin in the opening scenes, her melodramatic way of talking to strangers, and a few choice lines like "They like me, they really like me!"

I purposely didn't talk about the plot until now because the plot isn't really central to the film. The movie is more about characterizations, particularly Betty's. Betty plays a famous movie star who has a nervous breakdown and decides to hide out in Palm Desert, trying to reconnect with the "real world" which she has been living so high above for so long. The funny thing is that the "real world" people she ends up meeting are as bizarre as anything out of a comic strip. And so this becomes almost like a weird contemporary "Alice in Wonderland" tale.

"Betty" has its moments of brilliance. It also has a few moments which didn't work so well for me, possibly because it may have pushed the absurdity a little too far towards the end. But overall I had a lot of fun watching this movie.

By the way, it's basically clean & family-friendly (aside from Holland Taylor's amusingly foul-mouthed performance as the psycho therapist), nothing violent or shocking, and although Cheryl Pollack plays a Hollywoodite walking around in a bikini top & high heels for a lot of the film, there's no nudity or gratuitous sex scenes. All of this points to the idea that this film is intended to pure fun, a sort of parody of life itself.

If you enjoy neurotic characters like Liz Lemon, Ally McBeal or most of the comedic roles Sandra Bullock plays, I think you'll get a kick out of "Betty".

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