Waking Up In Reno
Entertainment: +1 1/2
Acceptability: -4

Arkansas couple Roy and Candy Kirkendall (Patrick Swayze, Charlize Theron) are looking forward to their vacation to Reno, Nevada with their best friends Lonnie Earl and Darlene Dodd (Billy Bob Thornton, Natasha Richardson). Lonnie Earl takes a special edition SUV from his car dealership for the trip. While the main attraction is a ‘monster truck’ rally, Darlene hopes to see a show with her idol, Tony Orlando, and Candy wants to renew her wedding vows in a Reno chapel. Roy and Candy are also trying to start a family. But once in their luxury suite at the hotel, Candy gets positive results from a pregnancy test. However, Roy gets a negative result from his doctor’s fertility test. It’s soon discovered that more’s been shared than friendship. And everybody wakes up to their real feelings about each other. This comedy about relationships, friendships and love make attract a few fans of the cast, but the country rednecks in the big city routine won’t wake up the audience.

The message that true love can survive and forgive, along with true friendships gives a nice moral to this otherwise immoral tale. Candy commits adultery and wants the Reno wedding renewal to wipe out past mistakes, giving a fresh start to her relationship with Roy. However, Roy is clueless to his wife’s affair. Lonnie Earl and Darlene have communication problems as each thinks only of themselves. Several scenes feature implied sexual encounters although no nudity is shown. Lonnie’s lack of morals is shown best when his solution is to have Roy sleep with Darlene. But he also questions if prostitutes in Nevada are free and told they’re legal, not free. Along with the frequent sexual material, the dialogue is thick with crude, obscene and profane comments. WAKING UP IN RENO is not the place to be.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Miramax Films, 375 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013

Crude Language: Many (87) times – Mild 56, moderate 31
Obscene Language: Many (71) times – F-word 14, S-word 38, other 18, finger gesture 1
Profanity: Many (35) times – Regular 22 (GD 8, JC 2, J 2, G 3, Swear to G 5, G sake, By G); exclamatory 13 (OMG 9, OG, MG, Good L, Oh L)
Violence: Several times – Mild and moderate (Picture thrown at man, man choking gets Heimlich, men wrestle, man hit on head w/fist, slaps, shove to wall, pull hair/ struggle)
Sexual Intercourse: Several times – Implied and graphic (adulterous couple dressing, married couple in car w/ motion and sound, implied by sound from room, married couple kiss/ fall onto bed)
Nudity: Near nudity - Few times (woman in shirt/ towel, low cut blouse)
Homosexual Conduct: None, but men sleep together and man refers to woman being lesbian
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times (man suggest sex to wife, comments about ovulating and plans for children, comment about older celebrity dating young women, couples share bed to save money, man asks about ‘free’ hookers in state, comment about oysters as helpful, man talks to prostitute, couple talks about affair, man suggests wife swap, man sees wife crying in man’s lap – wrong idea, crude comments about sex)
Drug Abuse: Many times – Alcohol/beer drinking, cigarettes
Other: Man comments about unhooked odometer and plan to sell car as new after trip, cops take beer as bribe, comment about doing on trip what won’t do at home, woman says sex not same as romance, girls go to fortune teller, woman gets revenge on adulterous husband, message that true love forgives wrongs and true friendships survive worst problems
Running Time: 86 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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