A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
If you're with the right person, it doesn't matter where you are. Big cities dehumanize us.
Positive Role Models
A young doctor is arrogant and obnoxious but is taught to be kinder, more considerate by a town full of warm and welcoming people.
Violence & Scariness
A close-up is shown of a finger with a fishing hook stuck in it. A man has a heart attack but survives. People protect deer from hunters. A pig is saved from a butcher. A car is hit by a large tractor trailer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A skinny-dipping woman walks out of a lake naked and is seen from the waist up. A man and woman dance seductively and kiss. A baby is born. A doctor says to a beautiful woman, "If you tell me you're here for a physical you'll make my day." A man says he wants to get an attractive woman drunk, implying she might have sex with him then. Two people urinate around the woods to drive deer away from hunters. A cake is decorated with bare buttocks.
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One utterance of "f--k." "S--t," "hell," "damn," "ass," "schmuck," "horny," "crap," and "poop."
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Products & Purchases
The movie strives to favorably contrast the decency and family values of small-town life against the shallow, mercenary concerns of the big city.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A drunk vomits on a doctor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doc Hollywood from 1998 features Michael J. Fox as a hotshot, know-it-all young doctor waylaid by an accident on his cross-country drive to a job with a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. Sentenced to perform community service at a small town's hospital, he disdains the good values and the narrowness he observes during his stay. This changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, who has no desire to move to the big city. A woman's breasts are seen, and a man and woman run around the woods urinating to scare away deer. Kissing is shown. Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A man says he wants to get an attractive woman drunk, implying she might have sex with him then. A close-up is shown of a finger with a fishing hook stuck in it. There's one utterance of "f--k" as well as other cursing, including "s--t," "hell," "damn," and "ass." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As a Michael J. Fox vehicle, this film shows off the actor's masterful comic timing, but even he can't overcome the unlikability of the arrogant central character he plays. Transforming him into someone decent and generous enough to be worthy of his love interest, the empathetic and lovely Lu, is the necessary goal that Doc Hollywood fails to achieve. Ben talks down to the small-town folk: He "cures" a woman who can't see by simply wiping her glasses clean. He removes a fish hook from a clumsy fisherman's finger, a fellow later seen catching fish by detonating explosives in a lake. What's worrisome is that Ben is a seriously creepy guy. He tells a beautiful woman, "If you tell me you're here for a physical, you'll make my day." Eww.
On the other hand, a naked woman emerges from a lake and brazenly walks right up to a complete stranger, making no effort to cover herself or walk away quickly. That's pretty odd and, moreover, unlikely as well. When Ben, knowing he is leaving town for Los Angeles in only days, develops a conscience and refuses to have sex with the willing Lu, we wonder: Where did that decency come from?
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