Comedy Drama Romance
Benjamin Stone is a young doctor driving to L.A where he was offered a new job as a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. He gets off the highway to avoid a traffic jam, but gets lost and ends up crashing into a fence in the small town of Grady. He is sentenced to 32 hrs of community service at the local hospital. All he wants is to serve the sentence and get moving, but gradually the locals become attached to the new doctor, and he falls for the pretty ambulance driver, Lou. Will he leave?
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I have to laugh!
I have to laugh at all the comments on this board which say this
movie's plot or the characters are not "plausible". I live near the town this movie was shot in, (I was an extra for one
day, and a "stand in" for two days on this film. It was neat!) and
believe me, the characters are not only believable, you can meet
versions of them in small towns all through the south.There is a big difference between city and deep country life. Maybe
people in very urban areas and countries tend to forget that. Quite
honestly, I know several people down here in the boonies who make the
folk of "Grady" look downright sophisticated.That criticism shot down, I just have to say it's a really sweet film.
It has a lot of atmosphere and some good character development, even in
the minor roles. It portrays small, small town America pretty
accurately and with a great deal of charm.
Hard to imagine that this film is rated under a 6.0 on imdb. I would
it easily among the top 50 comedies of all time.Michael J. Fox plays a hard charging Dr. Ben Stone, with David Ogden
giving a world class performance as the small town mayor that needs a new
doctor, and also knows a thing or two about happiness.And then there is Nurse Packer who believes in procedure and punchcards,
Julie Warner providing a memorable 'swimming' performance, fishing without
hooks, the squash festival, a great rendition of Patsy Cline's "Crazy",
of course, the Pakistani.Way underrated movie that stands up over time.9 out of 10
The end of an era
Few stars can claim as good a comic feature-film run as Michael J. From
1984 to 1991 he went with nary a dud (unless you count BTTF II). This
film is pretty much the last in that streak. Michael plays a hotshot
med school grad who wrecks a fence and his car on his way to a
high-paying LA plastic surgery gig. Small town Southern judge holds Fox
hostage and orders him to work off the damage by helping out the local
doc, well-played by Hughes. Some of the rural stuff is laid on a bit
too thick (and exactly WHERE is this town on the route to LA?) but the
film is otherwise cute and enjoyable. Warner is rock solid as always
and properly intriguing as the obligatory love interest.
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Better than I imagined.
When I sat down to watch this film I thought I would be very bored. It turns
out that this film is intoxicating. I couldn't stop watching it at all.
Michael J. Fox does a good job in the lead role, and there are great
character turns from Woody Harrelson and Bridget Fonda. The love story
between Fox and Julie Warner is very funny to watch develop and their timing
is classic romantic comedy. The director, Michael Caton-jones, does a great
job with a typical fish-out=of-water script and the score from Carter
Burwell is exceptional. I had alot of fun watching this film.