Hollywood to Dollywood


Hollywood to Dollywood (2012)



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On the fumes of a dream, twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane have written a script with a plum roll for one of their idols, Dolly Parton. Having had no luck getting the screenplay into her hands, they embark on a cross-country journey to personally deliver it to her. They set off from Dolly's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame heading east for Pigeon Forge, TN. Driving an RV they named Jolene is friend and partner Mike Bowen. All along Interstate 40 at rest stops, RV parks, bars, and hair salons our intrepid band of travelers meet everyday Americans, as the encounter everything from floods in Nashville to an Oklahoma tornado. The journey is also one of discovery for the brothers, as well: their relationship with their parents; their hopes, fears and ambitions; the bigotry they've encountered; as they search for tolerance and acceptance and the joy of realizing their biggest dream: handing their screenplay to Dolly Parton. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Hollywood to Dollywood

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Casually charming road trip doc about aspiring screenwriters desperate to meet their show biz idol.

Nov 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Amiable and upbeat though it is, the documentary "Hollywood to Dollywood" lacks a compelling reason to see it.

Sep 6, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

What it does minute to minute is often less interesting than what it represents.

Sep 4, 2012 | Full Review…

You have to admire a beloved entertainer who declares, with apparent sincerity, "I have more guts than talent."

Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/5

...[the brothers are] charming, personable, and forthright, the kind of people you'd like to have a beer with-or, for that matter, go on a road trip with...

Feb 28, 2013 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

This is a charmer of a film and well worth catching.

Mar 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hollywood to Dollywood


Less fun than the premise would suggest, "Hollywood To Dollywood" is a narcissistic road trip lacking focus...and soon runs out of gas. Filmed on low quality film (video tape) and lacking professional lighting, the project is difficult to enjoy. Although the subjects of the documentary are likable, at times the film seemed to be part southern gay bar travel guide and part therapy session. I don't know how many times the Lane Brothers declared that their mother must accept them as they are if she wants to be a part of their life, but the frequent proclamation was made tedious by the brothers' apparent inability to grow past their acceptance issues throughout the course of the film. In the first quarter of the film, award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black comments that the script the brothers want to deliver to Dolly Parton is overlong and lacks focus. That critique applies equally to their contemporaneous documentary. Nevertheless, there were several instances in the film that provided insight into the culture of the Bible Belt and LGBT people's place in that culture, and that makes the film somewhat worth seeing.

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