The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)


“You know, it’s always a business doing pleasure with you, Charlie!” – Miss Mona

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis –A sheriff in a small town in Texas tries to keep the a local popular brothel open despite the attempts of the the media to get it closed down.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about when it use to be played constantly on HBO when I was a kid, but I never had any real urge to watch it.

Since Charles Durning received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film, I decided to give it a shot.

This is an extremely farcical film that just doesn’t manage to work as well as one would hope especially since they deal with media coverage and the pressure from a political standpoint.

Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton has terrible chemistry together and despite the high profiles they both had at the time, their pairing isn’t ideal at all.

The songs in the film are pretty corny and also don’t help the story move along any better.

The supporting performances by Dom DeLuise, Jim Neighbors and Durning are all nice, but they are all far from being perfect.

I’m still a bit confused how During actually got an Oscar nomination for this performance because it wasn’t powerful enough IMHO.

The premise of media sensationalism is still relevant today and that is the one aspect of this film that actually manages to work despite the fact that they take things a bit too far with it.

Bottom Line – Farcical film that just doesn’t work as well as one would hope. Reynolds and Parton have poor chemistry together despite both of their high profiles at the time. The songs are a bit too corny and don’t work that well.  Nice supporting performances by DeLuise, Neighbors and of course Durning who was able to get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role (still a bit confused as to why tho). The idea of media sensationalism still works today and that is the one aspect of this film that actually works.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  While filming the ending scene, Burt Reynolds got a double hernia from picking up Dolly Parton. He often jokes to Dolly that he thinks of her every time he gets a pang of pain. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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