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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

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Critic Reviews: 6
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Penelope Ann Miller's delightful performance as the shy, part-time librarian Betty Lou Perkins is the saving grace of this comedy from Touchstone Pictures. Betty Lou is the neglected wife of small-town police detective Alex Perkins (Eric Thal). She soon feels even more neglected when Alex can't make their anniversary dinner because he has to investigate a brutal motel room slaying. Taking her dog for a walk, Betty Lou finds a gun by the river's edge that just happens to be the missing murder

PG-13,

Comedy

Sep 2, 2003

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (19)

Whether in Betty Lou's original demure guise or her subsequent glamorous transformation, Miller is convincing even when the movie isn't.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There's nothing wrong with The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag that isn't wrong with about a thousand other commercially homogenized comedies of its kind.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It just sort of limps along under the late-summer sun until, at last, its forced whimsy expires.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A clever premise that ends up being as bland as its put-upon title character.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a bit like finding a severed head in an Easter basket.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The movie's a handbag full of formulaic fluff.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The movie resorts to a mundane shoot-'em-up finale that leaves the viewer feeling cheated and betrays the movie's PG-13 rating.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Penelope Ann Miller transcends her material in The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, a half-baked Disney comedy that also half-benefits (the first half, to be exact) from the sly, subversive direction of Allen Moyle.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There is definitely a gun in Betty Lou's handbag, but is there a brain in Betty Lou's head?

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

A terrible picture, absent rhythm and purpose, straining hard to remain charismatic and mysterious while it engages in pure nonsense, crudely arranged by Moyle in a career-killing feature.

August 20, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

A little bit overrated, but fairly fun comedy.

November 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

So darn innocuous it almost disappears.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Stupid title, stupid movie, but not without its saving graces.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The Gun In Betty Lou's Handbag, however, isn't merely a genial misfire. It's downright awful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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