The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
Penelope Ann Miller's delightful performance as the shy, part-time librarian Betty Lou Perkins is the saving grace of this comedy from Touchstone Pictures. Betty Lou is the neglected wife of small-town police detective Alex Perkins (Eric Thal). She soon feels even more neglected when Alex can't make their anniversary dinner because he has to investigate a brutal motel room slaying. Taking her dog for a walk, Betty Lou finds a gun by the river's edge that just happens to be the missing murder weapon in Alex's murder investigation. In order to get some attention, she announces… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whether in Betty Lou's original demure guise or her subsequent glamorous transformation, Miller is convincing even when the movie isn't."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A clever premise that ends up being as bland as its put-upon title character."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"The movie resorts to a mundane shoot-'em-up finale that leaves the viewer feeling cheated and betrays the movie's PG-13 rating."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"A terrible picture, absent rhythm and purpose, straining hard to remain charismatic and mysterious while it engages in pure nonsense, crudely arranged by Moyle in a career-killing feature."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Stupid title, stupid movie, but not without its saving graces."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"There's nothing wrong with The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag that isn't wrong with about a thousand other commercially homogenized comedies of its kind."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It's a bit like finding a severed head in an Easter basket."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Penelope Ann Miller transcends her material in The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, a half-baked Disney comedy that also half-benefits (the first half, to be exact) from the sly, subversive direction of Allen Moyle."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A little bit overrated, but fairly fun comedy."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The Gun In Betty Lou's Handbag, however, isn't merely a genial misfire. It's downright awful."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It just sort of limps along under the late-summer sun until, at last, its forced whimsy expires."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The movie's a handbag full of formulaic fluff."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"There is definitely a gun in Betty Lou's handbag, but is there a brain in Betty Lou's head?"
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"So darn innocuous it almost disappears."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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