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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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They're four close friends. Some closer than others. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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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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Patrick Swayze and Natasha Richardson passed away six months apart in 2009, only seven short years after making this film. See more »

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When Candy and Darlene are sitting at the makeup mirror in the hotel visiting, the strap on Darlene's left shoulder disappears and reappears several times. See more »

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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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These Boots are Made for Walkin'
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Performed by Geri Horner
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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"She's On Her Deal, Y'Know?"
2 April 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

WAKING UP IN RENO (3 outta 5 stars) Dubbed by the filmmakers as "a redneck 'Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice'", this is an enjoyable little movie... very funny at times but also treating its characters as real people with real emotions. Billy Bob Thornton is Lonnie Earl, a used car salesman married to Darlene (Natasha Richardson) but who has had a recent fling with her best friend Candy (Charlize Theron). Candy's husband Roy (Patrick Swayze) is desperately trying to get his wife pregnant but suspects his sperm may not be working. While on a vacation in Reno to renew their wedding vows, the foursome's relationship comes to a head when Roy's non-existent sperm count is confirmed the same day as his wife's pregnancy and everyone notices Lonnie Earl's shifty eyes upon hearing the news. While amusing and likable, the movie isn't quite as good as it could have been... and it often seems to be setting up future situations (like a suddenly-ignored attraction between Roy and Darlene) that never come to fruition. (I was expecting much hilarity from a scene of Lonnie Earl's attempt at eating a 72 ounce steak in one hour... but the scene winds up being mostly uneventful.) The actors do a great job though... particularly Thornton, whose skill at blurting out totally insensitive and inappropriate lines is unsurpassed, i.e. "She's on her deal, y'know?" And I will take any excuse to see the lovely Mrs. Liam Neeson (Natasha Richardson) on screen!


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