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Nurse Betty
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Cast:Neil Labute, Renee Zellweger, Morgan Freeman, Chris Rock

A delightfully twisted comedy enacted by an outstanding ensemble cast, Nurse Betty gives winsome Renee Zellweger her best big-screen role to date. She's adorably ditzy as a small-town Kansas waitress who becomes delusional after witnessing her husband's murder and drives cross-country to Hollywood, where she imagines she can build a new life as a character in her favorite soap opera. Greg Kinnear plays the egotistical actor who believes Betty is an unusually dedicated actress and importunes his producer to give her a part, setting off an improbable but entertaining chain reaction of events. Director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) performs a delicate balancing act, offsetting the main storyline's disarming daffiness with a darker-toned subplot involving hit men Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock, whose pursuit of the witness becomes complicated by Freeman's apparent infatuation with her. Nurse Betty defies easy classification; it blends elements of road movies, Hollywood-themed satires, neo-noir thrillers, and Technicolored fairy tales. Think The Wizard of Oz directed by Quentin Tarantino, and you'll be on the right track. Ed Hulse

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