Waking Up in Reno

Synopsis: Roy & Candy and Lonnie Earl & Darlene are two married couples who thought they knew one another, until they decided to take their dream vacation together. Hitting the road in a brand-new SUV, they're having the time of their lives until something funny happens on the way to the Monster Truck Show in Reno. Turns out Lonnie Earl has a thing for Candy, and when evidence of this starts to surface, things really start to heat up.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Jordan Brady
Production: Miramax Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


You know, relationships can be

a lot like a loaf of bread.

At the beginning,

they're hot and fresh,

and you can always get a rise.

But with time, if you don't

knead 'em carefully,

they grow old and stale.

Now, I know that life

ain't no Easy-Bake oven.

But with the kids

and my husband's job,

it's almost as if we've

forgotten to add the yeast.

So I'm hoping this trip to Reno

with our best friends,

Candy and Roy,

will be just what

the doctor ordered.




Can't you see it, Darlene?

No. It's kinda hard

to make out.


I think I'm just nervous, doc,

'cause Lonnie Earl and I have

got to go on vacation tomorrow,

and I'm just not real good

about leavin' home.


Stacey Regal,

call the operator.


All right, baby.

Move that sign.

I'm tryin' to sell

some cars here.

Hey, Lonnie Earl Dodd here.

Guess what, folks.

It's time for our annual

Presidents' Day Blowout sale,

and I gotta tell you,

I'm feelin' rather patriotic.

And I guarantee we won't be

undersold by anybody,

and if you can't trust

ol' Lonnie Earl Dodd,

then you can't trust anybody.

All right now, Darlene.

Just go ahead

and use one or two of those

drops if you feel the need,

especially out there on that old

I-40 around the Mojave Desert.


You just go on and have yourself

a vacation.

Thanks, doc.


Hey, Roy!

Oh, I got to call Candy

and see if she's bringing

any nice clothes.

- She home?

- Yeah, yeah.

But I can't find that husband

of yours nowhere.

I've called all over the place,

and I can't rouse him.

Well, you know Lonnie Earl.

He's probably up to no good.

And if you can't trust me,

who can you trust?

And remember... if you can't

trust me, Lonnie Earl...

[Grunts, glass breaks]

Is there a problem?

You're damn right there is!

How come you got to take

a shower after?


You feel dirty?

'Cause I sure as hell

feel dirty.

Oh, my God, Lonnie Earl.

We're filthy.

I'm not.

I'm Zestfully clean.

[Grunts, glass breaks]

Oh, sh*t!

How could you do that to me?!

One minute you're cryin'

on my shoulder about Darlene,

the next minute

you're bangin' me from behind!

Well, you told me

not to look at you.

[Telephone rings]

I got to send

the sample over to the lab.

Turn your head and cough.


Don't waste your time

worryin' about it, though.

Y'all just go on

and enjoy your vacation.

Well, you know,

I guess you're right,

'cause I know worryin' about it

ain't gonna change nothin',

- is it?

- That's right.

So, uh... what y'all got

lined up?

Lonnie Earl's got a bet

with ol' Bill Moore

that he can eat this giant

ol' 72-ounce steak in Amarillo.


Then we're gonna pop up

to the Grand Canyon,

'cause Darlene's always

wanted to see that.

And you know what a partier

Candy is.

She's lookin' for the night life

and the shows

and the gamblin' and all that.

But the big thing is,

we got tickets

to the Monster Truck Jam.

Yeah, yeah.

That sounds like a big time.

You know, Roy,

I could send the test results

over to Candy's folks,

let them know when they come in.

No. No, sir.

I don't want... them worryin'

or nothin',

so I'd like to be

the first to know.

Well, all right, then.

I'll just wait to hear from you.

And don't you worry.

I'll bet you that everything's

gonna be just fine.


...Beautiful emerald...

[Dog whimpering,

metal rattling]


Do you have to go outside,

Miss Thing?

[Dog whimpering]

Come on, sweetie.

Come on.

It's a bird. It's a plane.

No, it's Superman!

Lane Aaron Dodd, get your ass

down from there right now!

But I'm Superman!

Your butt's gonna be super red

if you don't do as I say.



You know it was a lie

'Cause deep inside

mz heart...

Hey, good-lookin'!

- Jesus H. Christ, Roy.

- Oh, dear.

- Don't do that!

- I'm sorry, darlin'.

God, you almost made me piss

on the rug!

I'm sorry.

- Why are you so jumpy?

- I just...

What the hell are you doin' here

in the middle of the day?

Shouldn't you be at work?

Your daddy asked me

to run some errands for him,

so I thought I'd just kinda stop

by and see if you was ovulatin'.

[Music continues]

Well, I don't know if I am

or not.

Well, you're dressed

like you should be ovulatin'.

Hmm? [Laughs]


Roy, no. Not right now.

Come on.

- That towel will come off...

- You should go to work.

Daddy will miss you, then

there'd be a lot of sh*t,

and he'll get pissed off...

Darlin', it ain't possible

for him not to get pissed off.

He ain't gonna have

no problem with it

if he thinks we're making

a grandbaby.

- Roy...

- Real quick?

Just a little quickie.

I can't do this right now,

God damn it.

- Very fast?

- I have...

I have a ton of sh*t to do.

I got to pack.

We got to leave tomorrow, baby!


All right.


What the hell happened

to our wedding picture?


Too much catnip, you know?

- Murphy?

- Yes. Baby...

He must've mule-kicked

the dang...

...I have to tell you


Come over here.

- What?

- You ready?

- What?

- Okay.

So I've been thinkin', and...

You know what I really want to

do when we get to Reno?


I want to renew

our wedding vows.


What for?

Because it's romantic, Roy.

A lot of people get married

where gambling is legal.

Well, one kinda does go

with the other, don't it?

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Brent Briscoe

Brent Briscoe (May 21, 1961 – October 18, 2017) was an American actor and screenwriter. Briscoe was born in Moberly, Missouri. After completing his education at the University of Missouri, Briscoe launched his career as a theater actor. He then segued into screenwriting and acting in feature films. He moved to Los Angeles permanently after working with Billy Bob Thornton on Sling Blade. He also frequently worked with Mark Fauser, who was his college roommate.Briscoe was hospitalized in October 2017 after taking a fall. It led to internal bleeding and heart complications that resulted in his death on October 18, 2017 at the age of 56. more…

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