Betty Sizemore (Renee Zellweger) is a waitress in a small town in Kansas who just so happens to be obsessed with the soap opera, A Reason To Love and the lead character, Dr. David Ravell (Greg Kinnear). When she witnesses her car salesman husband, Del (Aaron Eckhart), killed in a drug deal gone wrong, Betty goes into shock and suddenly thinks that she's David's former fiancee. She decides to leave her husband and find the love she once had. Well, the love sht thought she once had.
Enter Charlie (Morgan Freeman) and Wesley (Chris Rock), the two thugs that killed her husband. They know that Betty witnessed the murder and are out to find her. Somewhere along the way, Charlie falls in love with Betty. He keeps a picture of her and talks to it. He even has a delusion of kissing her while visiting the Grand Canyon.
Betty, on the other hand, drives from Kansas to California to find David at Moma Vista Hospital. Of course, she doesn't realize that there really isn't a Moma Vista, and tries to get a job as a nurse at another hospital where David supposedly works. When she saves the life (too much watching TV, I guess) of Rosa's brother, she is offered a position in the hospital as well as a place to live: with Rosa (Tia Texada). Together, she and Rosa set out to find Betty's long lost love, David. Rosa realizes that Betty is obsessed with George McCord, the actor that plays Dr. David Ravell, and subsequently realizes that Betty is sick. She sets up a "chance" meeting between the two, and fireworks follow.
My grandmother, doribob, raved about this movie when she first saw it. Since it was my turn to pick out the video, I chose Nurse Betty. I didn't think my husband would ever forgive me, until we rented Dude, Where's My Car.
Nurse Betty is a cute movie. I thought is was just average and completely over-rated. Yes, Renee Zellweger is really cute. It was a huge improvement over Jerry McGuire. But, I don't think she deserved any sort of awards nor nominations for this role.
Morgan Freeman is (well, was) one of my favorite actors. With movies such as The Shawshank Redemption, Amistad and Seven, who would think that he would even participate in a film such as Nurse Betty? He's a complete freak, obsessed with a woman that witnessed him kill her husband, and ready to retire from the hitman, illegal, whatever scene that he's on and move to Florida. Why, Morgan? Why????
Chris Rock actually isn't half bad in Nurse Betty. I'm sick and tired of his obnoxious, loud take on acting, as we can see in Lethal Weapon 4. Usually, it's just Chris Rock being Chris Rock. However, in Nurse Betty, he's really good as a bad guy and avoids his Rock-ness until the very end.
A special mention should go to Allison Janney, who plays Lyla Branch, the writer/producer of A Reason to Love. She's really great, and quite funny. She's one of the redeeming qualities of this film.
Overall, I didn't care too much for Nurse Betty. I hated the fact that they actually showed someone getting scalped within the first 20 minutes of the film. (I nearly lost my lunch.) Crispin Glover was quite good, but almost went back to his "George McFly" days. This role was a far cry from the silent villain in Charlie's Angels.
This movie is definitely a "chick flick." Even then, a lot of women won't like it. Afterall, I didn't think it was so great.
Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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