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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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  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RA7XY0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,199 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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"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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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Was looking to add this movie to my collection and got the Blu-ray format for less than the DVD price. This is a movie that's not really worth a blu-ray upgrade if you already own it on DVD, but as stated, blu cost less than DVD version this time around, and I did not previously own the movie. It is a nice movie and one enjoy watching every once in a while. My advice, get whichever format cost less because there are no improvements in either format.
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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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Betty Lou is just an unappreciated housewife who helps out at the town library were she is also unappreciated.

The being unappreciated part is where the fun starts. Her husband takes her for granted and spends all his time at his job (police detective), so much so that Betty Lou begins to think he may be having an affair.

So she follows him on one of his late night call-ins to a motel and she listens at the window as the police inside discuss a crime scene where a local bad guy has just been killed.

On her way home, her dog recovers a pistol (the murder weapon) just barely in the water beside the river. She takes it and puts in her purse (hence the title). She takes the pistol to her husband's station to turn it in, but no one will pay her any attention.

After her attempts to get her husband and his fellow officers to listen to her and pay her some attention meet with total indifference, she confesses to having an affair and killing her lover using the information she overheard while hiding outside the motel, after which she starts to get some attention.

This movie is (FOTFL) falling on the floor laughing funny, while at the same time pointing out the levels people will go to to just be noticed.
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