WAKING UP IN RENO

Cheatin’ Redneck Road Trip

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Release Date: October 25, 2002

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize
Theron, Patrick Swayze, and
Natasha Richardson

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 92 minutes

Distributor: Miramax Films/Buena Vista
(Disney)

Director: Director Jordan Brady, a
former comedian, portrays such
over-the-top redneck
depictions as bleached blonde
babes with two inches of dark
roots, the dimwitted and
clueless country husband, the
smooth redneck who talks the
policeman out of giving him a
ticket by bribing him with
cases of beer, and the
sheltered women screaming
about the hotel’s bathtub,
wildly dancing to country
music videos on TV, and
jumping on the beds. The foul
language is deplorable,
totaling about 130
obscenities, as are the sex
scenes. In the end, the movie
tells viewers that all the
infidelity is OK, and it’s
even OK that Candy might be
carrying Lonnie Earl’s baby,
because, well, “real friends
endure tough times.” What
baloney!

Executive Producer: Jonathan Gordon, Jeremy
Kramer, Bob and Harvey
Weinstein

Producer: Ben Myron, Robert Salerno and
Dwight Yoakam

Writer: Brent Briscoe and Mark Fauser

Address Comments To:

Bob and Harvey Weinstein
Co-Chairmen
Miramax Films
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (323) 822-4100 & (212) 941-3800
Fax: (212) 941-3846
Website: www.miramax.com

Content:

(PaPaPa, Ro, LLL, V, SS, N, A, D, M) Pagan worldview depicting the decisions and lifestyle of several very immoral people, void of moral compasses since the emotion of the moment and temporal, short-sighted reasoning rules characters; excessive foul language with 99 moderate obscenities, 14 heavy obscenities, and 13 profanities; violence includes fist fights, monster truck smashings, etc.; sex depicted between both married couples and those in extra-marital affairs; scantily-clad women portrayed several times, including hotel hooker; alcohol and smoking depicted; misc. immorality includes lying, stealing, cheating, gambling, deceiving customers, greed, selfish ambition, lust, etc.


Summary:

In WAKING UP IN RENO, two redneck couples make a cross-country trip to see a monster truck show in Reno, Nevada, and some dirty secrets are revealed along the way. With excessive language and sex, very few laughs and cartoonish characters, this movie will likely flop with both moral and amoral audiences.


Review:

In WAKING UP IN RENO, Lonnie Earl (Billy Bob Thornton) and Darlene (Natasha Richardson) have been married, but are drifting apart. Roy (Patrick Swayze) and Candy (Charlize Theron) are two newlyweds looking to conceive a baby to strengthen their also tenuous relationship. The foursome decides to take a vacation from their Little Rock, Arkansas home to travel to a monster truck show in Reno, Nevada. A myriad of dark, dirty secrets come to the light, the biggest one being that Lonnie Earl and Candy have been sleeping together, and now Candy is pregnant.
Director Jordan Brady, a former comedian, portrays such over-the-top redneck depictions as bleached blonde babes with two inches of dark roots, the dimwitted country husband who can’t pick up even the slightest subtlety, the smooth redneck who talks the policeman out of giving him a ticket by bribing him with cases of beer, and sheltered women screaming about the hotel’s bathtub, wildly dancing to country music videos on TV, and jumping on the beds. The foul language is deplorable, totaling about 130 profanities and obscenities.
The cartoonish characters in WAKING UP IN RENO do a fine job with very little story and very over-used gags, however, and the British Natasha Richardson makes a scarily believable redneck woman. Overall, the movie causes an enormous cringe factor in anyone from the south or Midwest. The couples have no hesitation about drinking and driving, lying, resetting odometers on cars for sale, sleeping around, cursing, fighting, not paying tips, having sex in cars, in public view, having loud sex in hotel rooms, sleeping four to a bed in hotels, flirting with prostitutes in bars, etc.
To most audiences, there will be few laughs in the Monster Truck Show or the Tony Orlando show, where Natasha Richardson’s character has a huge crush on Orlando, just like the wife in LAS VEGAS VACATION had a crush on Wayne Newton.
In the end, though, the movie tells viewers that all the infidelity is OK, and it’s even OK that Candy might be carrying Lonnie Earl’s baby, because, well, “real friends endure tough times.” Ick! My friend at the review commented, “You know how some movies are three hours and feel like 90 minutes? This one was 90 minutes and felt like three hours!”


In Brief:

In WAKING UP IN RENO, Lonnie Earl and Darlene have been married, but are drifting apart. Roy and Candy are two newlyweds looking to conceive a baby to strengthen their also tenuous relationship. The foursome decides to take a vacation from their Little Rock, Arkansas home to travel to a monster truck show in Reno, Nevada. Many secrets come to light, the biggest one being that Lonnie Earl and Candy have been sleeping together, and now Candy is pregnant.
Director Jordan Brady, a former comedian, portrays such over-the-top redneck depictions as bleached blonde babes with two inches of dark roots, the dimwitted and clueless country husband, the smooth redneck who talks the policeman out of giving him a ticket by bribing him with cases of beer, and the sheltered women screaming about the hotel’s bathtub, wildly dancing to country music videos on TV, and jumping on the beds. The foul language is deplorable, totaling about 130 obscenities, as are the sex scenes. In the end, the movie tells viewers that all the infidelity is OK, and it’s even OK that Candy might be carrying Lonnie Earl’s baby, because, well, “real friends endure tough times.” What baloney