Nurse Betty

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A film that’ll catch you off guard with its in-your-face portrayal of childlike innocence mixed with brutal violence is Nurse Betty. Sweet, naïve, and trusting, Betty Sizemore (Renee Zellweger) is a waitress in a small town in Kansas who is obsessed with her favorite soap opera. One day while engrossed in her show she peaks out of her bedroom door and witnesses her good-for-nothing husband being tortured and murdered by two hit men named Wesley (Chris Rock) and Charlie (Morgan Freeman). From what I heard, I was glad I couldn’t see this gruesome scene. Betty instantly goes into denial about her husband’s murder, packs a suitcase, and drives her husband’s Buick to Hollywood. She now believes that she is the ex-fiance of her favorite soap star, Dr. David Ravell. Charlie and Wesley had been keeping an eye on her after the murder, and they followed Betty across the country to Hollywood in hopes of retrieving their merchandise (drugs) that her husband put in the trunk of his Buick. Betty eventually arrives in Hollywood, manages to locate the studio that films her favorite soap, and happens to catch Dr. Ravell leaving the filming studio. She walks up to him begins talking to him like she has known him all her life. He thinks she is just role playing one of the characters on the show in hopes of acting on the soap opera. Her “audition” is so good that Betty is offered a part as a nurse on the show. There’s just one problem; she doesn’t know it’s a television show and she can’t act. If this isn’t bad enough, Wesley and Charlie show up at her front door looking for their merchandise. This is a delightful, charming comedy that definitely has some black scenes. Of course, all the scenes look black to me. I give this entertaining film a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA