(Steve Golin & Gail Mutrux)
US 🇺🇸 2000
W: John C. Richards & James Flamberg
DP: Jean Yves Escoffier
Ed: Joel Plotch & Steve Weisberg
Mus: Rolfe Kent
Renee Zellweger (Betty Sizemore), Morgan Freeman
(Charlie), Chris Rock (Wesley), Greg Kinnear (George McCord / Dr. David Ravell), Aaron Eckhart (Del Sizemore)
Nurse Betty is a hilariously quirky independent comedy
starring Renee Zellweger in one of her finest performances.
She plays a waitress who witnesses her shady husband being
murdered by a pair of gangsters. Suffering from a nervous breakdown in the days that follow, she adopts the personality of a character from her favourite soap opera, developing an obsession with
her favourite actor from the show, who she pursues while the two gangsters who killed her husband continue after her.
The plot is mad as a box of frogs, but it's made credible by
the excellence of Zellweger's performance, whilst Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock and Greg Kinnear are all solid in support.
The final act does become a little too silly, but not enough
to ruin everything that comes before it.
Renee Zellweger won a Golden Globe for her work, and really
should have been nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.