DOC HOLLYWOOD REVIEWED
“Doc Hollywood” is a film that most younger readers will know as “Cars”. Once you can get past the plot similarities that Pixar has yet to really address, you can return to 1991 and enjoy Michael J. Fox right before he got sick. The film was a late summer release that triggers all of those romantic comedy necessities. A loveable single mom, a local well-meaning goon and a plucky outsider all finding themselves in a small town. Barnard Hughes turns in an admirable turn, as the old country doctor that wants to help Fox turn his life around. But, it takes Lighting McQueen losing his primary means of transportation to find a purpose. Did I say Lightning? I meant Ben or Doc Hollywood or it’s really sad to see when Fox was so vibrant.
I still haven’t read the book that inspired the film, but I don’t expect it to be this straight-laced. Hell, this is such a standard comedy that younger viewers will have seen it 100 times over before picking up this release. But, the cast saves it from being an outright carbon copy. Warner and Fox have tremendous chemistry and the townspeople provide for memorable turns. Still, it’s small town nostalgia porn that’s designed to appeal to certain audiences. If that’s your thing, then step up to the bar.
- 1.85:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0