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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Richardson ... Darlene Dodd
Holmes Osborne ... Doc Tuley
Billy Bob Thornton ... Lonnie Earl Dodd
Patrick Swayze ... Roy Kirkendall
Charlize Theron ... Candy Kirkendall
Billy O'Sullivan ... Lonnie Earl III
Galvin Chapman Galvin Chapman ... Lane Dodd
Kelsey Chapman Kelsey Chapman ... Lacy Dodd
Cleo King ... June
Chelcie Ross ... Fred Bush
Brent Briscoe ... Russell Whitehead
Mark Fauser ... Boyd
Aszue Wilson Aszue Wilson ... Mini-Mart Cashier
Hody Porterfield Hody Porterfield ... Hodie at the Big Texan
Jo Harvey Allen ... Waitress at Big Texan
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2002 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Acordar em Reno See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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[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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Connections

Features Sanford and Son (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The Tequila Don't Kill Her
Written by Jai Josefs
Performed by Tim Buppert and the Nashville Six
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Underrated...B-
12 January 2005 | by petera2See 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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