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Nurse Betty (2000)

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



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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Ostery
Sue Ann
Susan Barnes ...
Dr. Lonnie Walsh


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She's chasing a dream... they're chasing her. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betty  »


Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,145,950, 10 September 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,167,270, 17 December 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,133,268, 7 December 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kathleen Wilhoite and Pruitt Taylor Vince guest appeared together in the Quantum Leap (1989) episode "Moments to Live", where Sam is kidnapped by an obsessed, and mentally unstable, soap opera fan. See more »


When Betty drives away from her town, she is shown passing a "welcome to Kansas" sign which is on passenger side of the road facing her, even though she later says it is the first time she has ever left Kansas. See more »


Charlie: How'd they describe her?
Wesley: You know, blonde, thin, whatever.
Charlie: Slow down: blonde, thin, yeah. Did they say anything about style? Did they mention grace?
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Referenced in Grey's Anatomy: Save Me (2005) See more »


Skunk Walk
Written by Neal Sugarman
Performed by Sugarman 3
Courtesy of Desco Records
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Bad aftertaste...
24 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

To sum this movie up, it is LaBute carrying his sadism over into the realm of comedic farce. The predictable result is that he is constantly stepping on all the jokes by insisting on surrounding them with blood-curdling violence and extremely hateful characters. There is also evidence of his continuing efforts to insult and ridicule everything in sight but then to apologize for it with weak gestures to the PC. Basically the movie just doesn't work, its plot is beyond contrived, the characters are one-dimensional cliches, there is no consistency or development of anything, and the comedy (where it is not totally out of place) is the worst kind of High Concept drivel.

Morgan Freeman and Renee Zellweger are completely wasted on characters that seem like parodies of studio-driven audience pandering--no matter what, make them likeable, neutral (and neutered), and full of moral platitudes. Crispin Glover is in here just long enough to convince you that he doesn't belong in movies anymore. Chris Rock actually has negative chemistry with fellow hitman Freeman--it's as if they are acting in different rooms even when they are two inches away from each other. In effect, Chris Rock seems like a digital insert. At least he isn't as annoying as Jar-Jar.

LaBute's 15 minutes may well be up by now. It's already looking like he's overstayed his welcome.

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