Doc Hollywood

1991

Doc Hollywood

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50%

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A big city doctor is stranded in a small rural town, where he finds love, professional challenges, and a pet pig, in this comedy. Fresh out of residence at a Washington D.C. hospital, hot-shot plastic surgeon Ben Stone (Michael J. Fox) hops in his Porsche and is headed for California, where a lucrative practice in Beverly Hills awaits. However, Ben accidentally plows into a fence in Grady, South Carolina; the wreck puts Ben's car out of commission, and the town's mayor, Nick Nicholson (David Ogden Stiers), sees to it that Ben is sentenced to perform community service while he's waiting to get his car back on the road. For a week, Ben will serve as the community's general practitioner, filling in for the aging Dr. Hogue (Barnard Hughes). Many of the locals go out of their way to make Ben feel welcome, since they need a new full-time doctor and hope he'd be interested in staying on a permanent basis. Ben isn't especially interested until he meets Lou (Julie Warner), a beautiful, intelligent, and feisty local woman he first meets as she's enjoying a morning skinny-dip. Ben now finds himself wondering what the odds are of winning her away from her less-than-brilliant boyfriend Hank (Woody Harrelson). Bridget Fonda has a memorable supporting role as Nancy Lee, who doesn't make much of a secret of her attraction to Ben. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (10)

  • The movie oversells its whimsy and fits its quirkiness into a sitcom formula that's as preordained as the hero's moral rejuvenation.

    Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • Has no real taste of its own, but, in its mildness and predictability, offers the reassurance of a fast-food or motel chain.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • The whole thing bubbles along nicely in a fresh, witty, unselfconscious manner, making you forget the dated Capra-corn message.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • While retaining his boyish appeal, Mr. Fox also seems a shade more substantial this time, possibly because he is seen making life-or-death decisions when not fielding comic lines.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • This isn't a bucolic, small-town romance. It's "Porky's."

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Dialogue and plot and all the rest take second place to the conviction that two people only have eyes for one another. Fox and Warner create that feeling, which is why "Doc Hollywood" is a sweetheart of a movie.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doc Hollywood

  • Nov 25, 2013
    Cute movie - although the plot is exactly as expected. A highfalutin big city doctor lands up in a small town complete with caring people and "a beautiful, intelligent, and feisty" woman and has to consider his options.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    Campy, off color, and not so daringly original, Doc Hollywood is enjoyable, if not a slight cliche of the standard comedy. Julie Warner keeps it very heartfelt and original, even if she has to be nude in order for her to be in it.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2009
    He was a big city plastic surgeon...in a small town that didn't take plastic. A lot of LOLs. Typicall Michael. J Fox Movie
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2008
    Doc Hollywood is a pretty good comedy/chick flick. I've seen this quite a few times and I never tire of it. Michael J. Fox is such a great and funny actor. I'm a fan of Bridget Fonda, however, I didn't like her character at all. The part just wasn't right for her. I noticed the reviews of this film here on Flixster and the rating is very low or people aren't interested. I think if people give it a chance they will enjoy it.
    Amanda . Super Reviewer

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