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

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Cast

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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
Galvin Chapman ...
Lane Dodd
Kelsey Chapman ...
Lacy Dodd
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June
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Fred Bush
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Russell Whitehead
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Boyd
Aszue Wilson ...
Mini-Mart Cashier
Hody Porterfield ...
Hodie at the Big Texan
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Waitress at Big Texan
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Storyline

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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They're four close friends. Some closer than others. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Also Known As:

Acordar em Reno  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$261,603 (USA) (15 November 2002)
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Trivia

Mary Steenburgen, Barbara Hershey, Powers Boothe and Laura Dern read for parts in the film when it was being cast in 1997. 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 »

Quotes

Donnie Earl: [in the convenient store] Yeah, ya just pile it on up here. Ole Lonnie Earl's got plenty of money. Yeah, I'm Mister Deep Pockets. Go ahead, Roy, put it on up here. Anybody else in here want me to buy them something?
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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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Hang On Sloopy
Written by Bert Berns and Wes Farrell
Performed by Billy Bob Thornton
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Underrated...B-
12 January 2005 | by (Boston, USA) – See all my reviews

Just caught this film on cable. I noticed the cable TV guide gave it one star. While certainly not a great film, giving it only one star is a bit harsh. Granted, I wouldn't have wanted to sit through two hours of such a movie, but it breezes by in a relatively enjoyable 90 minutes or so (if even that). I must say, as an American I kinda cringe to think of how "Waking in Reno" must satisfy every unflattering stereotype about Americans in the eyes of Europeans. The four characters are about as Red State as you can get (one of the Arkansas accents is done with remarkable aplomb by British actress Natasha Richardson). Richardson and Charleze Theron, the two female leads are none too tough on the eyes (which the men will appreciate). And Billy Bob Thornton give his usual interesting performance (without a doubt the most intriguing actor in America today). Swayze is just so-so, but not much is demanded of him. Not much is demanded of anyone or anything, for that matter, by this harmless, and quite funny, bit of fluff. Make a note to catch the wry commentary and numerous deadpan jokes about redneck culture (the script could have been written by Jeff Foxworthy). As it is, I believe one of the writers is a childhood friend of Billy Bob's from Arkansas (no doubt Thornton's presence in the film, as well as that of big time stars like Theron, was as a favor to the writer/childhood friend of Thornton). The movie reaches it climax at a Monster Truck show. That alone should be all you need to know about the setting and plot. I give it a recommendation to catch on cable/satellite if one of your movie stations is carrying it, though there are probably better things to spend your money on at the video shop.


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