Waking Up in Reno (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  13 December 2002 (Turkey)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Darlene Dodd
Doc Tuley
Lonnie Earl Dodd
Candy Kirkendall
Lonnie Earl III
Galvin Chapman ...
Lane Dodd
Kelsey Chapman ...
Lacy Dodd
Fred Bush
Russell Whitehead
Aszue Wilson ...
Mini-Mart Cashier
Hody Porterfield ...
Hodie at the Big Texan
Waitress at Big Texan


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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What's a vacation without a few roadside attractions? See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

13 December 2002 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Acordar em Reno  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a deleted scene, Charlize Theron is listening to the Reba McEntire song "When You're Not Trying To" and Billy Bob Thornton walks out of the bathroom and makes fun of Reba. Charlize Theron throws a picture frame at him saying "Don't make fun of Reba you motherf***er". The broken picture frame is later blamed on the cat having too much catnip. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Darlene: You know, relationships can be a lot like a loaf of bread. At the beginning they're hot and fresh and you can always get a rise. But with time, if you don't knead them carefully, they grow old and stale. Now I know that life ain't no Easy Bake Oven. With the kids and my husband's job, it's almost as if we've forgotten to add the yeast. So I'm hoping the trip to Reno with our best friends, Candy & Roy, will be just what the doctor ordered.
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References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »


Also Sprach Zarathustra
Written by Richard Strauss
Performed by the Hungarian State Orchestra
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Laughed out loud!
6 November 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Waking Up in Reno doesn't seem to have done too well at the box office, but since I always see Billy Bob Thornton's movies, I took a chance. I was very pleasantly surprised. As a lover of roadside Americana and having traveled Interstate 40 more times than I care to recall, the humor particularly hit home. I can't see how anyone wouldn't find the simple, white-trash humor funny. But it wasn't rednecky or dumb, there were a million good lines in the movie. Billy Bob, as usual, was flawless. The plot was simple enough, it was the nuances and details that made the movie so much fun. This is one I'll definitely add to my home library when it's available on DVD. I highly recommend it. It takes a LOT to make ME laugh out loud, but I laughed through the whole movie.

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