A lighter touch than Neil LaBute's might have transformed this black comedy, scripted by first-timers John C. Richards and James Flamberg, into a masterpiece of dark whimsy.
Sweet-natured, small-town waitress Betty (Renée Zellweger) is trapped in a miserable marriage to car dealer Del (Aaron Eckhart), who treats her like the village idiot. But while Betty is blind to his infidelity and hopelessly devoted to hospital soap A Reason to Love
, Del's mixed up in a drug scam that brings a quick and brutal comeuppance: He's scalped by volatile hit man Wesley (Chris Rock), whose partner is the calmer but no less lethal Charlie (Morgan Freeman). Betty witnesses the kil...