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Waking Up in Reno (2002)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doc Tuley
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 and Candy and Lonnie Earl and 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.

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This outrageous road trip really heats up! 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 USA:

$108,930, 27 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$267,109, 21 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 »


The movie was released in late 2002. The "brand new" Chevy Suburban they make the cross country trip in is the 1992-1999 body style. Granted the Suburban was 'eaten' by the Robosaurus at the end of the show, so perhaps the producers did not want to sacrifice an expensive brand new vehicle. 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 Price Is Right (1972) See more »


Stickshifts and Safetybelts
Written by John McCrea (as John Mc Crea)
Performed by Cake
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all said and done, I had a great time with Waking Up In Reno.
11 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I waited on this one for a long time and now that I've finally seen it, I'm happy to say that it was worth the wait. While you may have to be from the South to fully appreciate the humor, I think it's enjoyable enough for just about anyone. I went in expecting light-hearted fun and I got just that. I loved all of the characters and found myself wishing that I was riding with them in that red SUV sipping a Pabst. Good to see Patrick Swayze again and Billy Bob really should do more comedies. Charlize Theron's accent was very convincing as was Natasha Richardson's. Well worth a watch (or six) and I will be buying the DVD.

"I was thinking about going down to the lobby and teasing that rattlesnake."-Lonnie Earl

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