August 7, 1991 -- ``Doc Hollywood'' has a plot very similar to the popular television series ``Northern Exposure,'' where a big-city young doctor gets stuck in a small town and gets his comeuppance from the locals, who are not really yokels after all. In this film, however, the small town is located in Dixie, not in the far north.
The star of the show is Michael J. Fox as the young doctor who falls in love with a local woman while in a small southern town. David Ogden Stiers plays the town mayor who tries to persuade Fox to stay on as the town doctor at a fraction of the salary he could get in California.
Woody Harrelson is one of many eccentric local characters in the small town where Fox is forced to spend time after his car crashes when he is on his way to Hollywood.
Above all, this is a good love story. Fox proves once again that he is a major talent in both comic and dramatic roles. Although the plot is awfully predictable there is a slight twist at the end of the film which delays the inevitable Hollywood ending.
Although the story is not a new idea and it is predictable, it is also very well-acted and well-directed and is heartwarming and full of good humor. It rates a C+.
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