The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 21, 1992
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Whether in Betty Lou's original demure guise or her subsequent glamorous transformation, Miller is convincing even when the movie isn't.

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Brian Lowry

A clever premise that ends up being as bland as its put-upon title character.

Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The movie resorts to a mundane shoot-'em-up finale that leaves the viewer feeling cheated and betrays the movie's PG-13 rating.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's a bit like finding a severed head in an Easter basket.

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TV Guide

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It just sort of limps along under the late-summer sun until, at last, its forced whimsy expires.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The movie's a handbag full of formulaic fluff.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

There is definitely a gun in Betty Lou's handbag, but is there a brain in Betty Lou's head?

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
A great cast in the service of a silly script.
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