Nurse Betty

When small town waitress Betty Sizemore (Renée Zellweger) accidentally witnesses the grisly murder of her underhanded car-dealing husband (Aaron Eckhart), she copes with the trauma by retreating into a dream-like state. Not only is Betty completely in denial about her husband's death, but she now believes she is the one-time love of her favorite soap opera character, Dr. David Ravell (Greg Kinnear). Leaving her Kansas home in one of her husband's used cars to "reunite" with the doctor, Betty unwittingly carries drugs that the killers (Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock) are after. As Betty arrives in Los Angeles to seek out the fictional Dr. Ravell, the hit men aren't far behind. Director Neil LaBute's third feature combines elements of thrillers, romance flicks, and road movies into a strangely unique film. Unlike the emotional brutality present in LaBute's previous films (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN and YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS), the violence in NURSE BETTY is physical and brief, quickly giving way to a more light-hearted comedic tone. The title character, Renée Zellweger, is sweet, determined, and utterly charming, while Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock are perfectly suited for their off-beat hit men roles. With its clever script and sure-handed direction, NURSE BETTY makes for a winning oddball comedy about the fine line between fantasy and reality.