Waking Up in Reno


Waking Up in Reno

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 40


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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 revealed: Lonnie Earl and Candy have been having an affair. The revelation comes as a shock to the guileless Roy and much put-upon Darlene, who absconds with her husband's credit cards for a spending spree that includes designer boutiques and a Tony Orlando concert. Meanwhile, Candy's quest to have a baby takes on a new dimension in light of her extracurricular activities with Lonnie Earl. Waking Up in Reno (2002) is based on a script by longtime screenwriting partners/actors Brent Briscoe and Mark Fauser, who also play supporting roles in the film.


Charlize Theron
as Candy Bush K.
Natasha Richardson
as Darlene Dodd
Billy Bob Thornton
as Lonnie Earl Dodd
Holmes Osborne
as Doc Tuley
Chelcie Ross
as Fred Bush
Brent Briscoe
as Officer Russell Whitehead
Tony Orlando
as Himself
Billy O'Sullivan
as Lonnie III
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Critic Reviews for Waking Up in Reno

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Audience Reviews for Waking Up in Reno

  • Aug 27, 2007
    Actually a really good film with some genuine comic and sad moments throughout.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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