Reviewed byPeach-2Vote: 8/10/10
When I sat down to watch this film I thought I would be very bored. It turnsout that this film is intoxicating. I couldn't stop watching it at all.Michael J. Fox does a good job in the lead role, and there are greatcharacter turns from Woody Harrelson and Bridget Fonda. The love storybetween Fox and Julie Warner is very funny to watch develop and their timingis classic romantic comedy. The director, Michael Caton-jones, does a greatjob with a typical fish-out=of-water script and the score from CarterBurwell is exceptional. I had alot of fun watching this film.
Reviewed byRNMortonVote: 8/10/10
Few stars can claim as good a comic feature-film run as Michael J. From1984 to 1991 he went with nary a dud (unless you count BTTF II). Thisfilm is pretty much the last in that streak. Michael plays a hotshotmed school grad who wrecks a fence and his car on his way to ahigh-paying LA plastic surgery gig. Small town Southern judge holds Foxhostage and orders him to work off the damage by helping out the localdoc, well-played by Hughes. Some of the rural stuff is laid on a bittoo thick (and exactly WHERE is this town on the route to LA?) but thefilm is otherwise cute and enjoyable. Warner is rock solid as alwaysand properly intriguing as the obligatory love interest.
Reviewed byBen Burgraff (cariart)Vote: 8/10/10
When future film critics decide to analyze the career of Michael J. Fox,they will likely say his talents were best suited to television, with anacknowledgement that he did star in the BACK TO THE FUTURE series. This willbe a shame, as Fox has been an ingratiating, very enjoyable actor to watch,in most of his films, and DOC HOLLYWOOD is one of his bestroles.
As breezy, fast-talking Washington, D.C. surgeon Dr. Ben Stone, who dreamsof making big money doing plastic surgery in Hollywood, but finds his truecalling as a general practitioner in a small southern hamlet, Fox is so'right' that you can't imagine any other actor in the role. After a minortraffic accident enroute to California forces him to do 'public service' infictional Grady, South Carolina, taking on much of the workload of a crustyold local physician (the always enjoyable Barnard Hughes), Stone becomes the'talk' of the town, and rustic but wise Mayor Nick Nicholson (David OgdenStiers, in one of his most engaging performances), starts 'selling' the joysof country life to the cosmopolitan young doctor. A quilt with 'magical'powers provides a nude vision of the girl he's destined to love, 'Lou'(Julie Warner), who turns out to be working at his office; hishormone-fueled pursuit of her, and her pragmatic 'indifference' to hisflirtations make their gradual romance edgy and fun towatch.
In a town full of colorful characters, two 'stars in the making' stand out;Woody Harrelson, as 'Lou's' suitor, Hank Gordon, a country variation of hisbartending character from 'Cheers', talks dumb but has a knack for selling,only lacking a place to make big money at it; and Bridget Fonda, as MayorNicholson's oversexed but 'out of place' daughter, hopes Stone will take heraway to the bright lights of Hollywood. Both stars are terrific in theirsupporting roles, and show the charisma that would lead them tostardom.
DOC HOLLYWOOD is full of charming vignettes, from Stone vicariously readingthe mail for an illiterate farm couple, to being paid for services renderedwith a rather large pig, who ultimately becomes his 'pet'. The film aboundsin warm comic touches that are guaranteed to bring a smile!
With a very funny cameo by George Hamilton, as the Hollywood plastic surgeonStone dreams of working with, DOC HOLLYWOOD hits all the right notes for aterrific entertainment. My only complaint about the film is that it wasactually filmed in Florida; as a South Carolina resident, I can attest thatMANY of our small towns could have doubled quite nicely forGrady...
DOC HOLLYWOOD is a film I'm proud to have in my collection!
Benjamin Stone is a young doctor driving to L.A where he was offered a new job as a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. He gets off the highway to avoid a traffic jam, but gets lost and ends up crashing into a fence in the small town of Grady. He is sentenced to 32 hrs of community service at the local hospital. All he wants is to serve the sentence and get moving, but gradually the locals become attached to the new doctor, and he falls for the pretty ambulance driver, Lou. Will he leave?