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on June 2, 2002
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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on June 16, 2012
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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on May 26, 2016
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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on March 22, 2010
This is a Saturday night movie if I've ever seen one.
A Screwball comedy.
All the actors seem to be having a ball starring in it.
Penelope Ann Miller is cute, sexy and dynamic as Betty Lou.
Her transformation from frumpy plain and timid to cute, hot and dynamic is worth the price of the movie.
Other than Other People's Money, maybe her most fun and entertaining role.
Lucille Ball would have been the star if it was made in the 1930's.
Alfre Woodward and Julianne Moore show a surprisingly tremendous comic talent.
Quite a change from their usual serious and troubled characters.
This movie is fresh, fun and frenetic.
William Forsythe is still menacing, but with just the right comic touch this movie needs.
He would have been even better than Billy Crystal in "Analyze This".
I saw this movie on cable at least twice.
Jumped at the chance to make it a permanent part of my DVD collection.
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on October 3, 2014
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 a gun. How and what changes make this movie a riot! I love to loan it out to friends who all seem to like it as well. I highly recommend it for a comical evening in.
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on December 23, 2016
Um somethings wrong with this dvd..........the mouths don't match the words being said.....hmmmm kind of strange
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on June 10, 2015
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. She and I laughed so hard watching this, and what a joy, to share it with her.
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on December 19, 2015
good movie but not not have subtitles available.
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on November 21, 2015
This is one of my favorite movies. I think it is hilarious.
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on October 10, 2014
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.

Peace, Love, Unity, Oneness.
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