Waking Up in Reno (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Waking Up in Reno (2002)



Critic Consensus: 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 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.
R (for language and some sexual content)
Comedy , Romance
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Charlize Theron
as Candy Bush K.
Natasha Richardson
as Darlene Dodd
Billy Bob Thornton
as Lonnie Earl Dodd
Chelcie Ross
as Fred Bush
Holmes Osborne
as Doc Tuley
Brent Briscoe
as Officer Russell Whitehead
Penelope Cruz
as Brenda
Tony Orlando
as Himself
Billy O'Sullivan
as Lonnie III
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Critic Reviews for Waking Up in Reno

All Critics (38) | 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.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 31, 2002
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
Ebert & Roeper
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A hillbilly romantic comedy in which the hillbillies show up but the romance and comedy never do.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Top Critic

There's nothing remotely topical or sexy here.

October 25, 2002
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.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Waking Up in Reno

Waking Up In Reno is definitely better than lots of other comedies. But still fails to be amongst the great ones. It's more of a sitcom humor than actual hearty laughter.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

Hands down the best performance of Patrick Swayzes career. This comedy has some genuine dusty moments laced with poignant truths about life and love.

Troy Valentine
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