Waking Up in Reno
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like Pabst Blue Ribbon, which the characters drink by the case, this bubba comedy about cheating spouses is good for a cheap buzz."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A hillbilly romantic comedy in which the hillbillies show up but the romance and comedy never do."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"What's worse is this is not just a bad film but a bad comedy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A bushel of yokel gags and labored boudoir misunderstandings ... culminating with a tipping-the-bellhop gag that first appeared in cave paintings."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
"Everyone's to blame here."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Brady achieves the remarkable feat of squandering a topnotch foursome of actors ... by shoving them into every clichéd white-trash situation imaginable."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"There's nothing remotely topical or sexy here."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Four boring characters, a painfully unfunny road trip and drama that's not quite as convincing as a daytime soap opera add up to a wretched time in this redneck romantic comedy."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"...it's hard to imagine what these four stars saw in the script..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It won't harm anyone, but neither can I think of a very good reason to rush right out and see it. After all, it'll probably be in video stores by Christmas, and it might just be better suited to a night in the living room than a night at the movies."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Nothing in Waking Up in Reno ever inspired me to think of its inhabitants as anything more than markers in a screenplay."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A lot of weirdness from otherwise good actors."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"I can't begin to tell you how tedious, how resolutely unamusing, how thoroughly unrewarding all of this is, and what a reckless squandering of four fine acting talents..."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The whole damn thing is ripe for the Jerry Springer crowd. It's all pretty cynical and condescending, too."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
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