Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Germany/USA, 2000. Gramercy Pictures, Pacifica Film, Propaganda Films, ab’-strakt pictures, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3. Produktions KG. Story by John C. Richards, Screenplay by John C. Richards, James Flamberg. Cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier. Produced by Steve Golin, Gail Mutrux. Music by Rolfe Kent. Production Design by Charles William Breen. Costume Design by Lynette Meyer. Film Editing by Joel Plotch, Steven Weisberg.
Renee Zellweger is brilliant as a young waitress married to a bum of a car dealer who witnesses hit men murdering her husband in her kitchen, and in a state of shock loses her grip on reality. Suddenly, the soap opera actor (Greg Kinnear) she has been enamoured with for so long is real to her and, convinced he is her ex-fiancee, she feels compelled to drive to California to “reunite” with him. Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock are her husband’s killers who see her as a loose end to be tied. Funny and quirky, this one will seem a bit too violent and creepy to be a comedy, which is what it really is, but the more emotional moments that Zellweger provides really make it feel complete on all levels. Kinnear is fantastic as the thespian who immediately thinks Betty is a spot-on improv actress, and Allison Janney is divine as his show’s producer/writer.
Cannes Film Festival Award: Best Screenplay
Golden Globe Award: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Renee Zellweger)