The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag [Blu-ray]
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No one ever paid any attention to shy librarian Betty Lou Perkins, until someone found The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag! And when Betty Lou confesses to a crime she didn't commit, her world turns upside down! The bogus confession launches a series of uproariously funny events as a new, sexy Betty Lou captures headlines, rocks out in nightclubs, outwits the mob and wins cheers from the townspeople! Starring a truly exceptional cast including Penelope Ann Miller (Kindergarten Cop) and Cathy Moriarty (Soapdish) - get ready for a fun-filled adventure that's loaded with laughs from beginning to end!
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Once out on bail, however, Betty Lou realizes that she must discover who the real killer is before it is too late. What follows is an adventure that only a once mousey librarian can have -- an adventure that reveals not only Betty Lou's hidden beauty, but her smarts and cunning and style.
Granted, this isn't the funniest movie to come around the pike, but that isn't it's allure. No, what makes this so appealing is Betty Lou's transformation. She stands in for every woman who has ever been underestimated,taken for granted, pigeon-holed, and ignored. She decides to take charge of her life in a very dramatic way and in the process she saves her marriage, she saves the day, and, more importantly, she saves herself.
Watching Betty Lou rise to the occasion is reason enough to watch this movie. Seeing her take charge of her life is reason enough to enjoy it.
Betty Lou is a librarian who's not getting the attention she wants and arguably deserves from her police officer husband. He's more interested in his work than her.
There's a murder in their town involving a travelling man who's having an affair with a local married woman.
Betty Lou (with her dog) happens to discover the murder weapon. To gain attention she proclaims herself the murderess. Betty Lou, of red hair, is a sympathetic character and it's fun to see her snub all the interrogating male cops (including her husband) who take her for granted. She also befriends a local prostitute while in jail and otherwise asserts herself as she hasn't before.
It's not all fun, however, for there are some southern Mafia characters about led by a particularly evil man named Bodine (how original). There are a few scenes of gratuitous violence that were a big turn off.
The climax is somewhat improbable but something you might expect in a TV movie.
Also, there's a scene in a country bar where the singers (names unknown) recreate faithfully the great Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris duet of "Love Hurts."
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There's a few areas that are kind of "dark" but overall a VERY funny movie! I LOVE it!!Published 4 months ago by B. Storey
Had this on VHS, watched it numerous times, and had to have it on Blu-ray. One of my very, very favorite comedies........and now one of my granddaughters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary A. Perry
I love this obscure little movie. Penelope Ann does a great acting job, there are so many great characters, go Betty Lou! A great set of lessons to learn also. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sandra Jenkins
I love this movie! Have seen it multiple times and laugh every time. Hard to describe it in just a few words: An ignored housewife decides to make severe changes after finding... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lady Kathryn