Release year: 2000
Director: Neil LaBute
Screenwriter: John C. Richards, James Flamberg
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, Greg Kinnear, Aaron Eckhart, Tia Texada, Crispin Glover, Allison Janney, Kathleen Wilhoite
Ratings: 1 Golden Globe: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Renée Zellweger). Cannes Film Festival: Best Screenplay Winner. Palme d’Or nominee.
After witnessing a horrible murder, waitress Betty (Zellweger) goes into shock and protects herself with a delusion of her being a nurse and former lover of her favourite TV-star (Kinnear). She travels across the country to reunite with her love, but some bad guys with unfinished business is on her heels.
Nurse Betty is one of those few occasions, where actress Zellweger (Jerry Maguire, 1996) has gotten the chance to proof just how versatile and talented an actress she is. LaBute’s (Lakeview Terrace, 2008) drama comedy, which is more drama than comedy, is a bittersweet experience. On one hand, Betty is an adorable and incredible likable character. One of those people who seem to have nothing but goodness in them. On the other hand, the nice girls goes through so much horrible in the movie, it is hard to watch and devastating. Luckily, Zellweger carries her character with a quiet strength, that leaves you believing she can take more than her surroundings thinks of her. Opposite her is Freeman (Se7en, 1995) in a rare bad guy part together with Rock (The Longest Yard, 2005) in a more serious role than we are used to seeing him in. His high-pitched humour is tamed by the seriousness of the movie, making him an interesting but surprisingly well-working cast, where his humour adds to the insanity and sense of danger of his character. Kinnear (As Good as it Gets, 1997) deals with two parts, the heart-throb TV doctor and the self absorbed actor playing him and manage both of them greatly. But the story centers around Betty and Zellweger impresses again and again in a movie dealing with a well-known crime set-up in a fresh new way.
Paul Threlkeld, who plays the grip on the soap opera in the movie, worked as the dolly grip on the movie.
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