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Nurse Betty
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Starring: Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: USA Films
Kiddie Movie: Bring her along, it's cute.
Date Movie: Very adult, leave them at home.
Gratuitous Sex: Nothing gratuitous.
Gratuitous Violence: A scalping.  When do you ever get that?
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Lots of chuckles but no gut-busters.
Memorable Scene: Charlie (Morgan Freeman) by the Grand Canyon.
Memorable Quote: Wesley (Chris Rock): I will shoot that bitch like she scratched my car.
Directed By: Neil LaBute
Produced By: Gail Mutrux

Nurse Betty
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:48 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I can’t say I was overly excited to see "Nurse Betty." I mean it did have Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, and Chris Rock, and there was a good buzz about the film, but the buzz was coming from critics who enjoy an artsy comedy rather than an "every-man" comedy. With that I was a little hesitant. Not that I can’t appreciate an artsy comedy, they just usually aren’t my cup of tea. All I can sort of say in the end is "Nurse Betty" is a cute movie with an artsy feel, and, oh yea, Renee Zellweger has now replaced Jennifer Aniston on the "She’s just nice" scale.

"Nurse Betty" tells the story of Betty, a smallish town waitress who is totally sweet, and you know what that means – she’s married to an asshole. She always wanted to be a nurse, but the closest she gets now is watching her favorite soap opera and wishing she was the good "I’m not a doctor I just play one on TV" doctor’s girlfriend. She stays at home one night when she is supposed to go out, hiding away in the den to no one’s knowledge, when her hubby, Del (played scummingly by Aaron Eckhart) brings by a couple of dudes, Charlie (Morgan Freeman) and Wesley (Chris Rock), who Del thinks are just in town to check out a car. Bad thing for Del, though, they are hit-men and Del’s the target because Del stole some stuff from their client. Well, the interrogation goes badly and Del ends up scalped and shot to death, witnessed by Betty, sending her into an "out of her mind" kind of state in which she now believes she was the fiancé of the make-believe soap opera doc, and she sets out on the road to LA to find him and get back together. Now, I’m not talking she thinks she is the chick for the actor, but her reality is now blurred thinking the soap opera is reality, that the doctor is a real dude, and that she is meant to be his.

So Betty ends up in LA, in her whigged-out state, searching for her man, getting befriended by Rosa because our now Nurse Betty somehow saves her friend's life, and Rosa helps her find Dr. David (Greg Kinnear) who is really George McCord. Rosa feels duped believing Betty’s story and arranges for Betty to meet George, figuring Betty will finally snap back into reality, but George plays along as Dr. David thinking Betty is trying to get a role on the soap opera. All the while we’ve got Charlie and Wesley trying to track down Betty to kill her.

You know what, my head's starting to spin with that explanation, and maybe yours is too. So I’m going to leave the story explanation at that. Let’s wrap things up like this: "Nurse Betty" is cute, much to the credit of Renee Zellweger and Morgan Freeman, and keeps an edge much to the credit of Chris Rock. Wesley ends up being the dickhead hit-man while Charlie grows a soft spot for Betty, knowing she really can’t be a thief or really love the doctor on the soap. So you get some weird touching moments being snapped back into reality by Chris Rock, which was cool.

I have to say I recommend "Nurse Betty," but just expect an enjoyable movie and not a blatant gut-buster. There were plenty of chuckles and some quality violence (I never understood the scalping idea the Indians had, but now I understand). Renee was great, Morgan was great, and Chris Rock just keeps on getting better. It’s 4 stars out of 5. Thinking about it, I liked the movie more than I thought I did.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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