Nurse Betty


(out of 5)

 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 () 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.  and  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  is divine as his show’s producer/writer.

Gramercy Pictures, Pacifica Film, Propaganda Films, ab’-strakt pictures, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3. Produktions KG

Germany/USA, 2000

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by John C. Richards, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Cannes Film Festival 2000

Golden Globe Awards 2000

National Board of Review Awards 2000.  

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2000.

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