Reminiscent of both America's Sweethearts and Wizard of Oz, Betty is a mixture of the subtler moments of each, though still managing to be mostly unique. Finished in 1997, Betty was released theatrically earlier this year in a limited run. The film stars Cheryl Pollak (Betty), Holland Taylor (Crystal), Udo Kier (Vicent), Ron Perlman (Donnie), Stephen Gregory (Fred), and Dan O'Donahue (Burt).
Believing herself not worthy of the luxurious life of a movie star, Betty Monday walks off the set of her latest $70M film, in order to get her head straight and discover what she wants out of life. While renting a house in Palm Springs, she scoops a leaf out of the pool, and feeling alive in the process, convinces the pool man to let her 'team up' with him. Run-ins with the muscle cream salesman and grocery deliveryman also have similar results. But before long, her manager, Crystal, discovers her location. Now, Betty must decide, with a little help from her friends, what she was really meant to do with her life.
Though billed as a comedy, Betty garners few laughs throughout, as it contains a more cerebral type of humor. Admittedly, it makes for a nice change from the lowbrow humor that has infiltrated the genre of late, although the humor is spread a little too thin. The acting, however, is the film's biggest drawback, as much of it seems to be too much. The characters simply aren't that believable because of that, and as such, it's hard to relate to or care about them.