The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)
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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
Aug 21, 1992 Wide
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Penelope Ann Miller
Betty Lou Perkins
Christopher John Fie...
Lida Burris Gibson
Don Keith Opper
Ruddy L. Garner
Karen Robert Jackson
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Whether in Betty Lou's original demure guise or her subsequent glamorous transformation, Miller is convincing even when the movie isn't.
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.
It just sort of limps along under the late-summer sun until, at last, its forced whimsy expires.
A clever premise that ends up being as bland as its put-upon title character.
The movie resorts to a mundane shoot-'em-up finale that leaves the viewer feeling cheated and betrays the movie's PG-13 rating.
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.
There is definitely a gun in Betty Lou's handbag, but is there a brain in Betty Lou's head?
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.
A little bit overrated, but fairly fun comedy.
So darn innocuous it almost disappears.
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