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Doc Hollywood (1991)



Critic Consensus: Doc Hollywood isn't particularly graceful in its attempt to put a '90s spin on its Capraesque formula, but a light touch and a charming cast make its flaws easy to forgive.

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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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Michael J. Fox
as Ben Stone
Barnard Hughes
as Dr. Hogue
David Ogden Stiers
as Nick Nicholson
George Hamilton
as Dr. Halberstrom
Bridget Fonda
as Nancy Lee
Roberts Blossom
as Judge Evans
Tom Lacy
as Cotton
Macon McCalman
as Aubrey Draper
Raye Birk
as Simon Tidwell
Edye Byrde
as Nurse Packer
Jordan Lund
as John Crawford
Robert Munns
as Mortimer
Barry Sobel
as Shulman
Billy Gillespie
as Zeb's Father
Kathy Poling
as Zeb's Mother
Cristi Conaway
as Receptionist
Ted Davis
as Taxi Driver
Melanie MacQueen
as Woman with Spider
Adele Malis-Morey
as Woman with Glasses
Dan Charles
as Boy at Shooting Gallery
Dan Bell
as Patient
Kelly Roland
as Squash Queen
Janis Bjorkland
as Girl with Spider
Daniel Cerny
as Boy with Spider
Emily Lester
as Housewife
Vince Burnes
as 2nd Loonie
David Dupre
as Distressed Man
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Critic Reviews for Doc Hollywood

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6)

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

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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."

January 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.

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

Audience Reviews for Doc Hollywood

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 Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

He was a big city plastic a small town that didn't take plastic. A lot of LOLs. Typicall Michael. J Fox Movie

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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