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A romantic comedy about two trashy couples traveling to Reno to see a monster truck show.

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Darlene Dodd
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Doc Tuley
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Lonnie Earl Dodd
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Candy Kirkendall
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Lonnie Earl III
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Lane Dodd
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Lacy Dodd
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June
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Boyd
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Mini-Mart Cashier
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Hodie at the Big Texan
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Waitress at Big Texan
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Roy & Candy and Lonnie Earl & Darlene are two married couples who thought they knew one another, until they decided to take their dream vacation together. Hitting the road in a brand-new SUV, they're having the time of their lives until something funny happens on the way to the Monster Truck Show in Reno. Turns out Lonnie Earl has a thing for Candy, and when evidence of this starts to surface, things really start to heat up. Written by Anonymous

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This outrageous road trip really heats up! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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13 December 2002 (Turkey)  »

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Acordar em Reno  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$108,930 (USA) (25 October 2002)

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$261,603 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were both at one time attached to star in this, but dropped out prior to filming. See more »

Goofs

When the group begins driving from Arkansas to Reno, they are seen near an exit sign for De Valls Bluff and Biscoe, Arkansas. This exit sign is on I-40 east almost halfway between Little Rock and Memphis, thus they were heading in the wrong direction for Reno. See more »

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Donnie Earl: Darlene and Roy have to sleep together. It'll make it even. It's like a dealer trade-in.
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References Bewitched (1964) See more »

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"She's On Her Deal, Y'Know?"
2 April 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

WAKING UP IN RENO (3 outta 5 stars) Dubbed by the filmmakers as "a redneck 'Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice'", this is an enjoyable little movie... very funny at times but also treating its characters as real people with real emotions. Billy Bob Thornton is Lonnie Earl, a used car salesman married to Darlene (Natasha Richardson) but who has had a recent fling with her best friend Candy (Charlize Theron). Candy's husband Roy (Patrick Swayze) is desperately trying to get his wife pregnant but suspects his sperm may not be working. While on a vacation in Reno to renew their wedding vows, the foursome's relationship comes to a head when Roy's non-existent sperm count is confirmed the same day as his wife's pregnancy and everyone notices Lonnie Earl's shifty eyes upon hearing the news. While amusing and likable, the movie isn't quite as good as it could have been... and it often seems to be setting up future situations (like a suddenly-ignored attraction between Roy and Darlene) that never come to fruition. (I was expecting much hilarity from a scene of Lonnie Earl's attempt at eating a 72 ounce steak in one hour... but the scene winds up being mostly uneventful.) The actors do a great job though... particularly Thornton, whose skill at blurting out totally insensitive and inappropriate lines is unsurpassed, i.e. "She's on her deal, y'know?" And I will take any excuse to see the lovely Mrs. Liam Neeson (Natasha Richardson) on screen!


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