Waking Up in Reno


Waking Up in Reno

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



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Average Rating: 2.8/5

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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.

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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

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

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…

Brady achieves the remarkable feat of squandering a topnotch foursome of actors ... by shoving them into every clichéd white-trash situation imaginable.

Oct 31, 2002 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 29, 2002

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

Oct 25, 2002
Top Critic

There's nothing remotely topical or sexy here.

Oct 25, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

Nothing in Waking Up in Reno ever inspired me to think of its inhabitants as anything more than markers in a screenplay.

Oct 25, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Waking Up in Reno


Leo L
Leo L

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Actually a really good film with some genuine comic and sad moments throughout.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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