Doc Hollywood (1991)


“There’s a blurred spot in my vision… there… no, there, no,no… [Dr. Stone takes her glasses and cleans them] I’m cured.” – Woman With Glasses

Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (Cable in the 90’s and 3 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young doctor on his way to make it big in California gets stuck in a small town in the South after he gets into a small traffic accident.

My Take on it – This is a film that has a great story and cast yet lacks the right choice for the lead role.

I have always been a big fan of Michael J. Fox, but in this film, he feels totally miscast here.

Fox usually has played very wholesome characters during his career and this film was an attempt for a more ‘adult’ kind of role where his character could go thru a change for the better.

Unfortunately, he just isn’t believable as the character which takes away so much from this film.

What really unfortunate is that the rest of the cast is great and the story and general premise work quite well despite the fact that it isn’t most original idea ever thought of.

Fox is supported by great performances by Bridget Fonda, Julie Warner, Bernard Hughes, Woody Harrelson and David Ogden Stiers who all have quirky personalities that instantly grow on us.

This film has obvious flaws, but it’s easy to overlook most of them, but it’s too bad that they didn’t give the lead to an actor who could do a much better job making the role seem more realistic.

Bottom Line – Fox’s attempt at breaking free of his ‘wholesome’ film persona doesn’t work as well because its hard to take him seriously as this kind of character.  The story generally works and despite the general premise not being original at all, it’s still enjoyable.  Great supporting cast including Fonda, Warner, Hughes, Harrelson and Ogden Stiers helps keep this afloat despite its obvious flaws. Might have been much better with a more believable lead tho.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1990 not long before the filming of this movie began, when he noticed a small, but persistent, tremor in his left pinky finger.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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3 thoughts on “Doc Hollywood (1991)

  1. I really like this movie – and I have no problem with Michael J. Fox. He was at the top of his game when he made this – and if you buy him as a cocky plastic surgeon at the start (sure – why not…) then I’m all in from then on. You’re right – he is surrounded by a terrific cast of supporting players. I still miss Bridget Fonda (what the hell happened to her career?) and Julie Warner was a breath of fresh air. I still remember laughing out loud in the scene early on – when they’re still getting to know one another – and she starts darting around the woods – marking her territory so to speak. A riot. This was a romcom with it’s heart in the right place.

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