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Nurse Betty (2000)

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

Director:

Neil LaBute

Writers:

John C. Richards (story), John C. Richards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Charlie
Renée Zellweger ... Betty
Chris Rock ... Wesley
Greg Kinnear ... George McCord (Dr. David Ravell)
Aaron Eckhart ... Del
Tia Texada ... Rosa
Crispin Glover ... Roy Ostery
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Ballard
Allison Janney ... Lyla
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Sue Ann
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Chloe
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Darlene
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Ellen
Sung Hi Lee ... Jasmine
Laird Macintosh ... Dr. Lonnie Walsh
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Storyline

A Kansas City waitress with dreams of becoming a nurse becomes delusional after seeing her no-good car salesman husband murdered. Becoming delusional from shock, she becomes convinced that she is the former fiancée of her soap opera idol. What she also believes is that the soap opera is real and goes to LA to find the hospital where he works as a cardiologist. Meanwhile, her husband's murderers are searching for the drugs stolen by her husband and, as luck would have it, they are stored in the trunk of the car she drove off in. Freeman, an aging hit man planning his retirement after this job, also becomes delusional about the woman he is tracking. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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This September Get Ready For Nurse Betty. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,145,950, 10 September 2000

Gross USA:

$25,170,054

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,364,989
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Threlkeld, the grip on the soap opera set of the show-within-a-show, was the dolly grip for the movie. See more »

Goofs

None of the computer monitors visible have power cables connected. See more »

Quotes

Ellen: So, where are you headed, Betty?
Betty Sizemore: Los Angeles, California!
Betty Sizemore: And you called your friend and she's telling you not to go?
[Betty nods, regretfully]
Ellen: When I went to Europe, my friends told me I was crazy.
Betty Sizemore: Europe? *The* Europe? God, this is my first time out of Kansas!
Ellen: I should call you Dorothy.
[they both laugh]
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Just a Touch of Love
Written by Mark Adams, Dan Webster Mark Hicks, Raymond Turner, Thomas Locket and Steve Arrington
Performed by Slave
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Inventive and weirdly funny throughout, but touching, too, and Zellweger amazes!
1 May 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Nurse Betty (2000)

This is a sleeper, a dark comedy with enough inventive twists to call to mind The Truman Show but with a greater sense of reality to hold it down. Renee Zellweger is flawless as the naive, sweet, but utterly detached young woman named Betty who is addicted to a soap opera called "A Reason to Love." This seems sweet enough, but her husband is a jerk (totally) and things start to spiral, and get dizzy, as reality even for the viewer starts to shift ground.

Not that you are ever confused about what is happening or who the good guys are. The good guys are not Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock, for sure, as this unlikely and comedic father and son duo get involved, incidentally at first, in Betty's strange inner and outer life. A chase of sorts ensues, the soap opera becomes reality, and then reality becomes soap opera. And it's really hilarious and inventive and fast paced.

Is it a total work of genius? Probably not. Maybe Charlie Kaufman would have added another twist in there (I'm not sure how), and certainly some of the side characters could have seemed less cardboard, or less awkward as actors. But Zellweger is unbelievable (really, your jaw might drop at how convincing she could play her mental blindness, and her awakening, of sorts). And Morgan Freeman is his usually convincing and engaging self.

The utterly disgusting violence of one 20 second scene might turn off some viewers near the beginning, but if you can keep watching, the movie gets better from there. Much better.


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