Waking Up In Reno

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Released 2003

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Director:
Jordan Brady
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Waking Up In Reno is a 2002 romantic comedy directed by Jordan Brady (The Third Wheel, American Girl, Dill Scallion).The story is about two married couples from Arkansas who go on a trip together to Reno. Couple number one is Lonnie Earl Dodd (Billy Bob Thornton) who is a car dealer and having problems with his marriage. His wife is Darlene (Natasha Richardson) and she has a low self opinion of herself and they haven't been intimate in a long time. Lonnie has been sleeping with Candy (Charlize Theron) who is the wife of his best friend Roy Kirkendall (Patrick Swayze). They all drive to Reno and the four of them stay in one luxurious suite. Roy and Candy have been trying to have a baby and finally Candy discovers that she is pregnant. But Roy phones his doctor in Arkansas and finds out that he's sterile. Candy and Lonnie admit their affair and now the whole trip is in chaos.moreless

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  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Another one of those road comedies where Southern roots are supposed to make boring people seem colorful. If these characters were from Minneapolis or Denver, no way anyone would m...

  • 20

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A hillbilly romantic comedy in which the hillbillies show up but the romance and comedy never do.

  • 0

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The one thing that can be said of Waking Up in Reno is that it's rigorously consistent. Every note rings false.

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