Cinema: Comprehensive Care

Nurse Betty's a wacky but wonderful dose of reality

It isn't every day that you see your husband bloodily scalped (and then shot to death) in the living room. Maybe feckless Del Sizemore, sleazy used-car salesman and inept drug dealer, had it coming, but still--it's bound to have an effect on a girl.

In the case of Betty Sizemore (a divinely innocent Renee Zellweger), the effect is a spectacular one. A hash-house waitress in Fair Oaks, Kans., she has always been a fan of A Reason to Love, a television soap opera of the General Hospital type. Traumatized, in what the shrinks call a fugue state, she completely enters the...

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