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Waking Up in Reno

Waking Up in Reno (2002)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 33

The humor is on the level of a corny sitcom, and the tone is condescending.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 9

The humor is on the level of a corny sitcom, and the tone is condescending.



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Country singer Dwight Yoakam is a co-producer of this Miramax comedy about marital infidelity among the Southern redneck set. Auto dealer Lonnie Earl (Billy Bob Thornton) and his wife, Darlene (Natasha Richardson), are best friends with good-natured Roy (Patrick Swayze) and his spitfire wife, Candy (Charlize Theron), who's ovulating and trying to become pregnant. When the quartet of Arkansas natives decides to take an SUV cross-country to a monster truck show in Reno, NV, an alarming secret is

Apr 8, 2003


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Like Pabst Blue Ribbon, which the characters drink by the case, this bubba comedy about cheating spouses is good for a cheap buzz.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Brady achieves the remarkable feat of squandering a topnotch foursome of actors ... by shoving them into every clichéd white-trash situation imaginable.

October 31, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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I like all four of the lead actors a lot and they manage to squeeze a few laughs out of the material, but they're treading water at best in this forgettable effort.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A hillbilly romantic comedy in which the hillbillies show up but the romance and comedy never do.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
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There's nothing remotely topical or sexy here.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Nothing in Waking Up in Reno ever inspired me to think of its inhabitants as anything more than markers in a screenplay.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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What's worse is this is not just a bad film but a bad comedy...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Four boring characters, a painfully unfunny road trip and drama that's not quite as convincing as a daytime soap opera add up to a wretched time in this redneck romantic comedy.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A lot of weirdness from otherwise good actors.

February 10, 2005
7M Pictures

A bushel of yokel gags and labored boudoir misunderstandings ... culminating with a tipping-the-bellhop gag that first appeared in cave paintings.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Portland Mercury's hard to imagine what these four stars saw in the script...

July 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

I can't begin to tell you how tedious, how resolutely unamusing, how thoroughly unrewarding all of this is, and what a reckless squandering of four fine acting talents...

May 3, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Everyone's to blame here.

March 28, 2003 Full Review Source:

It won't harm anyone, but neither can I think of a very good reason to rush right out and see it. After all, it'll probably be in video stores by Christmas, and it might just be better suited to a night in the living room than a night at the movies.

November 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The whole damn thing is ripe for the Jerry Springer crowd. It's all pretty cynical and condescending, too.

November 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It would be disingenuous to call Reno a great film, but you can say that about most of the flicks moving in and out of the multiplex. This is a movie that is what it is: a pleasant distraction, a Friday night diversion, an excuse to eat popcorn.

October 29, 2002

An extremely unpleasant film.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Put it somewhere between Sling Blade and South of Heaven, West of Hell in the pantheon of Billy Bob's body of work.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

A strong contender for this year's Razzie sweep.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

4 friends, 2 couples, 2000 miles, and all the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer they can drink - it's the ultimate redneck road-trip.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source:

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