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Nurse Betty : Friday September 8, 2000

What happens when a person decides that life is merely a state of mind? If you're Betty (Renée Zellweger), a small-town waitress and soap opera fan from Fair Oaks, Kansas, you refuse to believe that you can't be with the love of your life just because he doesn't really exist. After all, life is no excuse for not living.
The popular daytime TV drama A Reason to Love has an especially devoted viewer in Betty, a young woman with a good heart and a bad marriage. Her no-good car salesman husband, Del (Aaron Eckhart), treats her like dirt and forgets her birthday. At home one night watching a videotape of that day's episode, Betty watches raptly as her favorite character, Dr. David Ravell, stares up at the moon and says, "I know there's someone special out there for me." Betty feels as if he's speaking directly to her. That is, until her husband comes home with two men to negotiate a shady business deal. As she tries to watch her show, Betty becomes an accidental witness to this deal going fatally awry: Del offends courtly hit man Charlie (Morgan Freeman) and his excitable protégé Wesley (Chris Rock), and is violently dispatched.© 2000 Universal Studios

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Points 75 62.5 54 50 60.38


60.38 - Go See At Matinee

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85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"

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Neil LaBute


John C. Richards 




Renée Zellweger as Betty Sizemore 
Morgan Freeman as Charlie 
Chris Rock as Wesley 
Greg Kinnear as Dr. David 

Running Time

1hr 50mins


Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and a scene of sexuality. 


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