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Episode #4: Doc Hollywood

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

Listen to Episode 4 of the Podcast here while you enjoy the show notes.

SUMMARY - Doc Hollywood tells the story of Ben Stone, a doctor who is finishing up his residency in Washington D.C. and is driving out to LA in order to become a rich plastic surgeon. On his way, he misses his exit and also barely misses some cows that are crossing the highway, swerving his fancy exotic sports car off the road and destroying a fence in a small town. The judge sentences him to 36 hours of medical community service and he may miss out on dream life if he can’t leave soon.


Screenplay by Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman and Daniel Pyne from an adaptation by Laurian Leggett; Directed by Michael Caton-Jones and released on August 2, 1991.


FILM DISCUSSION

Does Michael J. Fox have what it takes to play an adult at this stage of his career?

I mean, he can barely see over the steering wheel and he's been a teen in everything else.

When the credits roll, we're treated to "The One and Only" by Chesney Hawkes, which is worth a listen for its vintage 90s rock goodness.

We question how in the world this movie was rated only PG-13. We can't show the reverse shot, or the preceding full frontal shot, or the multiple instances of "fuck" either.

But we can show the booby cake where they try to censor themselves by taking the bite out of "ass" in "asshole"

It's a small, cozy town with a big cast. There's not enough time to get to know most of them

Including a couple of early film performances from Bridget Fonda and Woody Harrelson.

We discuss the failed chemistry between the two leads

Awards talk - The only one of note once again is the MTV Movie Awards. We don't think there was a winner announced, but Jasmine the Pig was part of an interstitial category "Best Performance by an Animal"

TRUE CRIME & POP CULTURE

We usually try to tie some true crime information into the movie or week of release. This time, Nikki discussed the arrest of Rick James that happened this week.

https://www.onthisday.com/date/1991/august/2

The Top Song of the Week was:

Bryan Adams with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"

If that's not your speed, perhaps you can get into the top R&B Song instead:

One of Jon's all-time favorites: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Summertime."


TV Listings - This week's TGIF listing is mostly the same, but it seems every week there is one unexpected show in the lineup. This time, it was "Honey, I'm Home"

http://www.tvtango.com/series/hi_honey_im_home


RANKINGS & RATINGS

Nikki 1-5 star scale - 2 out of 5

Jon 0-4 star scale - 1 out of 4

Would you watch again? - Nikki said she would consider it, but Jon says only if someone else had it playing in the background.

If you want to watch Doc Hollywood, as of this recording in February 2021, it’s available on HBO Max, Digital Rent, VHS, DVD. Check your local listings

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