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Nurse Betty [DVD] [2000]

Renée Zellweger , Morgan Freeman , Neil LaBute    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock, Greg Kinnear, Aaron Eckhart
  • Directors: Neil LaBute
  • Writers: James Flamberg, John C. Richards
  • Producers: Albert M. Shapiro, Chris Sievernich, Gail Mutrux, Moritz Borman, Philip Steuer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JI02
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,653 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A frenzied, screwball comedy with a lighter-than-light touch, Nurse Betty is a radical departure for director Neil LaBute, who helmed the vitriolic In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbours. Betty (Renée Zellweger) is a perky Kansas waitress whose sole happiness comes from her obsession with the television soap A Reason to Love, starring dreamboat doctor David Ravell (Greg Kinnear). When her slimy car-dealer husband (Aaron Eckhart) enters into a drug transaction that goes horribly awry, Betty inadvertently witnesses the carnage and, in shock, becomes Nurse Betty, determined to reunite with her long-lost love, Dr Ravell. Tailed by two hit men (Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock), Betty heads to LA a determined woman, unaware she has their huge drug stash in tow. Though it takes a good half-hour to get going, once LaBute and the film hit top speed, it's a surreal, often brilliant ride, as Betty's fantasy and reality collide, with unexpected (really unexpected) developments. The screenplay (by John C Richards and James Flamberg) is wickedly inventive and like his previous films, LaBute has assembled a peerless cast. Zellweger is charming and daffy in her best performance since Jerry Maguire and Freeman is by turns menacing and touchingly romantic in his obsession with Betty. Kinnear is the epitome of self-serving shallowness (and makes us love him all the more for it) and Rock finally shakes his stand-up persona and emerges as a great comic actor. Look also for a scene-stealing Allison Janney as the producer of Kinnear's soap. Most films rarely get such talent operating at full capacity and Nurse Betty soars because of it. --Mark Englehart,

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Betty (Renee Zellweger) is a waitress in a small isolated American town, unhappily married to a second-hand car dealer and in love with the leading man of a TV soap opera, Dr. David Ravell (Greg Kinnear). When a drug deal involving her husband goes horribly wrong, with him being shot dead, Betty flees his killers (Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock) and heads for LA, where she hopes to meet Dr. Ravell in person. However, the killers are hot on her heels, determined collect their final pay off.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classy black comedy romance 18 Aug 2007
Nurse Betty is a film that isn't sure what it wants to be, but is still hugely entertaining. Renee Zellweger plays the title role, who after witnessing a murder goes on the road to meet and fall in love with a Doctor in a soap opera. The twist is that the trauma has affected her mind so she believes the soap opera character is a real person.

Of course it isn't as simple as that! Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock play two dodgy characters who are trying to track Betty down. Chris Rock is not an actor I rate at all, but here with the always excellent Morgan Freeman he is watchable and the two actors work off each other very well. This is all done with some style and reminded me certain parts of the Coen Brothers movies, with perhaps just a hint of Tarantino.

The only downside for me was the music soundtrack, which was a little too gushing and romantic. However in all other respects this is a well constructed road movie that I throughly enjoyed and would happily recommend to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nurse betty 13 Jan 2010
nurse betty is definately renèe zellwegers best film. it's genuinely funny, rare for a modern comedy but has excellent thought provoking moments especially where the obsession with "soaps" is concerned. morgan freeman is excellent too as the aging killer doing his last job.
The title is silly but don't be put off by it, the film is excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNDISCOVERED GEM 4 Oct 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Every now and then you run across a movie missed by the TV networks that should be a cult classic. Nurse Betty is a quirky original film with that "indie" feel to it. Renee Zellweger is a waitress in a small Kansas town. Her life consists of watching a soap opera and its star Dr. David Ravell. Her husband (Del) is a car dealer/drug dealer who cheats on her. One day while Betty is watching her soap in one room, two bad guys, Morgan Freeman and his son Chris Rock, lean on Del who was attempting to sell them back the drugs he stole from them. They end up killing Del, as Betty, through a parted door witnesses the scene.

Betty now becomes delusional. She blocks out the killing while believing she is the former fiancee of the fictional Dr. David Ravell and embarks on a cross country trip to find him. Meanwhile, the local cops want to question her, and the killers realizing they have a witness want to kill her.

The movie is zany as the relationship between Morgan, an intellectual killer with class and Chris Rock, a hip-hopster becomes strained. Morgan believes Betty to be cold and calculating and develops a love and respect for her as they travel,while Rock thinks she is just plain crazy. Meanwhile everyone Betty comes in contact with thinks she is nuts.

The down side to the movie is there are a few times when you start to feel sorry for Betty and that this is no longer funny, as in the Arizona bar scene. For that I suggest another long toke, don't bogat, and keep on truckin' as the movie will become funny again, and soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Betty does good 3 Mar 2012
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This film was a real suprise for me a good one at that. Renee zellweger really holds her own amgonst the male cast. I would say to anyone dont watch the trailer as it put me off the film to begin with i feel the trailer doesnt show the film in the best light, worth buying thanks amazon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nurse Betty 11 Feb 2014
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I really looked forward to watching this, but alas no joy. It does not work. It does not work on English dvd players
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