Reviewed by: Rhonda Westcott
|Featuring:||Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Chris Rock, Aaron Eckhart|
|Director:||Neil LaBute, Jean-Yves Escoffier|
|Producer:||Gail Mutrux, Steve Golin|
Renee Zelwegger (“Jerry Maguire”) innocently and convincingly plays the role of Betty Sizemore, a Kansas diner waitress who constantly obsesses about her favorite television soap “A Reason to Love”.
When she witnesses the violent scalping and shooting of her womanizing, abusive husband she takes a mental dive into a role as Nurse Betty, concocted from “A Reason to Love”. And so she starts out on a cross-country trek to find her way into the life of her favorite soap opera doctor, Dr. Ravell (Greg Kinnear). Predictably, once she actually has the chance to meet the handsome doctor she is eventually transformed back to reality, finally realizing that the man of her dreams is actually more of a nightmare.
Betty is pursued across the country by her husband’s killers, played by Chris Rock (whose use of profanity is completely over the top), and Morgan Freeman (who begins to fantasize what a life with Nurse Betty would be like and how he might redeem himself to be as good a person as she is). When he finally gets to meet Betty, he turns soft and lets her know that she doesn’t need a man—she’s had herself all along; she just needs to believe in herself.
“Nurse Betty”, while often receiving rave reviews and promising an interesting plot, is unfortunately littered with obscenities, including many uses of the “f” word, and it has one very sexually explicit scene. Two graphically violent scenes in the film with blood and gore make this comedy far less than amusing.
Although the moral of the story is well received (reality is much more sobering than your dream life, but more fulfilling), the things that make this movie offensive far outweigh the few redeeming qualities it has. “Nurse Betty” needs more than a little urgent care.