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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 »

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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

References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

When You're Not Trying To
(uncredited)
Performed by Reba McEntire
Written by Tim Johnson and Rory Lee
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Cute movie with heart...
11 April 2003 | by LilsZoo2See all my reviews

While not Oscar worthy material for any of the four accomplished actors here, Waking Up in Reno must have been a hoot'n a holler for all players. How refreshing it must be not to worry about how this might affect their future work. The characters are a delight from their "trailor trash" mentality to their hillbilly accents and you really begin to care about them right away. Thornton and Richardson are the married couple with difficulties and by evidence of some long awaited affection they are truley in love and just need a good bump on the head to remind them of who they are and want they want and need. Swayze and Theron are the younger couple with Life's road ahead of them and if a vaction to Reno to watch a MONSTER TRUCK RALLEY is anyindication it's going to be a doozy of a ride. It's predictable and got all the angles of a T-Square which is where the humour lies and if you don't take yourself or your problems too seriously you'll laugh as I did. Which is what I think the movie is about anyway. So, sit back and enjoy a heapin' helpin' of Southern Fried Humour with a side of grits and don't be surprised if you find yourself coming back for more.


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