Penelope Ann Miller transcends her material in THE GUN IN BETTY LOU'S HANDBAG, a half-baked Disney comedy that also half-benefits (the first half, to be exact) from the sly, subversive direction of Allen Moyle.
Betty Lou Perkins (Miller), the prim assistant librarian in Tettley, Missouri ("played" by Oxford, Mississippi), is ready to explode. Her cop husband, Alex (Eric Thal, the Talmudic scholar who stoked Melanie Griffith's religious fervor in A STRANGER AMONG US), would rather stay around the station
house to investigate the town's first murder case in a decade than come home to celebrate his wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, a modest fundraiser Betty Lou's sup...