Straight Talk

Film, Comedy
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Scuzzy Chicago news-hound Jack Russell (Woods) is ordered to sniff out the truth about radio agony aunt Doctor Shirlee Kenyon (Parton). Shirlee isn't really a doctor, merely a simple country girl with a blouse full of straight-talkin', homespun advice. Russell's editor wants Shirlee nailed, and soon Russell's penis shares a similar goal. Sharply written by Craig Bolotin and Patricia Resnick, this sassy comedy has musical aspirations, with diphthong-clanging Dolly numbers offering a running (if unnecessary) commentary. But the film's success rests squarely upon the efficacy of the Woods-Parton double act, an amiable partnership of mismatched, seasoned troupers. Only in the third act, with its 'on-air confession' denouement, do things take a gushing, sentimental nosedive. Otherwise it's a tongue-in-cheek romp with far less hog-washing than you'd expect.

By: MK

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Barnet Kellman
Screenwriter: Craig Bolotin, Patricia Resnick
Cast: Dolly Parton
James Woods
Griffin Dunne
Michael Madsen
Deirdre O'Connell
John Sayles
Teri Hatcher
Spalding Gray
Jerry Orbach
Philip Bosco
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