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The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag [Blu-ray] (1992)

Penelope Ann Miller , Eric Thal , Allan Moyle  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Penelope Ann Miller, Eric Thal, Alfre Woodard
  • Directors: Allan Moyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RA7XY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mouse that roared June 2, 2002
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This is one of those screwball comedies that you find yourself watching in reruns every time you catch it on TV. The premise of the movie centers on Betty Lou, a rather mousey, small town librarian who is married to a cop. One day, while in the park, Betty Lou discovers the gun that was used in a recent murder. She takes it to the police, but no one will pay any attention to her. In frustration, she fires the gun and winds up confessing to the crime!She wants to prove that she isn't as mousey and predictable as everyone seems to think she is - especially her husband!While in jail she is given a transformation into a sexy bombshell by several of the other women inmates. When she appears for her arraignment no one (least of all her husband), can believe it's her.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Early 90's Touchstone Picture November 19, 2004
"The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag" falls under the same category as other beloved late 80's/early-90's films put out by Touchstone Pictures such as "Adventures in Babysitting" or "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead." Certainly not enduring works of cinematic brilliance to be studied by film students forever, but charming little films that hold a ton of entertainment value nonetheless. Not to mention these films also serve as windows into what life was like in the late 80's and early 90's, a much more innocent and light-hearted time in American pop culture. Penelope Ann Miller is delightful in the title role. And the supporting cast is brilliant as well. Eric Thal plays her less-than-appreciative cop husband who will mend his ways by the end of the film. Ray McKinnon is the cop sidekick who reassures Betty Lou's husband that Betty Lou will definitely learn plenty from a night behind bars and that his own wife Joan could use the same. Julianne Moore plays Betty Lou's kooky sister. Cathy Moriarty is brilliant as the hooker Betty Lou meets in prison. And Alfre Woodard delivers a delightfully comic turn as Betty Lou's novice attorney. The violent scenes are a little heavy-handed, but I think it serves the plot well as it shows just how much trouble Betty Lou stirs up for herself and the people she cares about. Overall, just a great, feel-good, early 90's comedy that definitely rewards repeated viewings.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Smooth and Fun February 2, 2004
By Big-Z
This flick suprised me as I was not expecting much. And I did not get much, but what I got was light, fun, well acted, and well-written with likeable, attractive and believable characters. It is good for an evening in with popcorn. Laughs in several places and some suspense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is only one reason to see this movie! August 11, 2011
Penelope Ann Miller. She has played lots of parts and made lots of movies. A movies. Carlito's Way. B movies. Relic. And even a couple of C movies. That dumb movie about the bottle of wine. I've been following her career ever since dinosaurs roamed the earth and she has never given a bad performance. This film is one of her early efforts. It didn't get much attention or make a lot of money. But she is so charming and so engaging. It must be difficult to be an actress with big talent and small boobs as opposed to one with little talent and big boobs since you know who seems to get all the best parts these days. Nevertheless, Penelope Ann is consistently good in every role she plays, and this film is no exception. While she may not be Meryl Streep, Miller definitely has Streepiness. Trust me. All the guys in my cell block were cheering at the end. I don't think it was just because a guard got stabbed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Betty Lou's coming out tonight June 17, 2003
Although it has its good points, this film is generally of the quality of a made-for-TV film--not something I'd recommend buying or renting.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, see it!!! Love it...
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 more
Published 14 days ago by Sandra Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy--Mostly Unknown--Well Worth the Price
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 more
Published 21 days ago by Lady Kathryn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by ELVERT GATLING
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Light comedy with a little drama, just what I needed
Published 3 months ago by C. Lorraine Motter
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent movie on the relationship of men and women.
This is a movie that every man and every woman should see. It does an unusually excellent job of showing the difference between men and women.
Published 5 months ago by T. Willardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I love this movie ,I think it is so funny and romantic. It has plenty of action and suspense. Ihave been looking for a copy for a long time.
Published 13 months ago by Linda Venson
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing trifle
This is a modest and silly early 90s comedy starring a very good comic actress, Penelope Ann Miller. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. R. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
This is my favorite campy movie. I miss seeing it on tv. So glad I found it here at Amazon
Published 16 months ago by P. Oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but so unrealistic..
The DVD quality is better than some will lead you to believe, especially for the price. As for the story, it's a another cute Saturday afternoon popcorn film that Disney's... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jimmy R
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun movie
Penelope Ann Miller is delightful. The story was fun. I liked the way the wife became a different person yet still keeping her basic sweet qualities.
Published 18 months ago by Patricia A. Lukanen
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