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Summary 8.0 great
Release year: 1991
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Screenwriter: Laurian Leggett, Neil B. Shulman (book), Jeffrey Prince, Peter S. Seaman, Daniel Pyne
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes, Woody harrelson, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Sternhagen, Bridget Fonda
On his way to a job interview for a succesful job in L.A., Ben Stone (Fox) has a minor car accident in the small town of Grady. Sentenced to 32 hours of community service at the local hospital, Stone gets acquainted with the small-town habits, the quiet way of life and the locals, especially the pretty Lou (Warner). But the big city calls.
This rom-com from the early 90’s, at first look appears to be your usual funny romance, where the arrogant lead learns a few facts about life. But Doc Hollywood surprises with characters who makes realistic choices and who thinks things through. Fox (Back to the Future, 1985) is good as the big shot doctor forced to get a taste of life in a small town while Warner (Mr. Saturday Night, 1992) is warm, sweet and genuine as his love interest. But what makes the movie stand out from the average rom-com, is the great care it shows for its side characters. Whether it is Eyde Byrde (Addams Family Values, 1993) as the tough nurse, Stiers (The Accidental Tourist, 1988) as the friendly Mayor, Fonda (Lake Placid, 1999) as the desperate local girl or Sternhagen (Misery, 1990) running the diner, the movie constantly serves good characters, peculiar situations and both sweet and funny stories. It makes the movie a warm experience that will leave you feeling good about life.
This movie was filmed in Micanopy, Florida. A small town of six hundred fifty people, just south of Gainesville.
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video
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