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Straight Talk (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  3 April 1992 (USA)
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A woman ditches her small town life for big city Chicago, where she becomes a sensation as a radio show host.

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Guy Girardi
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Storyline

Honest and straightforward small-town Shirlee Kenyon chucks her boyfriend and heads for Chicago. Accidentally having to host a radio problem phone-in show, it is clear she is a natural and is hired on the spot. But the station insists she call herself Doctor, and as her popularity grows a local reporter starts digging for the truth. Problem is, the more he is around her the more he fancies her. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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A Once Upon A Lifetime Comedy. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for mild language and sex related dialogue, and momentary sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 April 1992 (USA)  »

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Famosa por error  »

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$21,202,099 (USA)
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Trivia

WNDY was Wabash College's radio station. My guess that is why you see one of the sound board engineers wearing a Wabash College sweatshirt. See more »

Goofs

When Jack drops Shirlee off after their date, they pull up in front of her hotel. In the background we see a sign for a cafe that says Open 24 Hours. If you look closely, you can see that the interior of the cafe is completely dark, indicating that it is closed. See more »

Quotes

'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: How's your daughter?
Phil: She's back in school and doing really well thanks to you, Dr. Shirlee.
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: I'm just Shirlee now.
Phil: What?
'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: I'm just Shirlee now!
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You Thought I Couldn't Dance
Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
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Somewhat addictive...
11 November 2005 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

There's something about this movie that keeps bringing you back for more. I bought the video used for about three bucks (the price is why I bought it!) and was pleasantly surprised. And watch it again and again and again. I notice other viewers who have done the same and can't help but wonder what it is. I have even seen lines from this movie quoted in magazines (attributed to Dolly rather than the script writer)!

There are some gaping goofs, of course. Suddenly "Jack" says "you probably think you just heard a doorbell", although no doorbell has rung at all (maybe they fixed that in later releases)! Also, nobody but Shirlee and her boss "Alan" is supposed to know that she is not a doctor despite the fact that the receptionist took her resume filled with occupations such as "bartender, waitress, waitress, dance instructor..." There are others. But even so, you keep coming back for more.

A few of the one-liner bit parts have awful acting skills, but even so.

So, what is it about this movie? Maybe it's the sound track. I hate C/ W but the all-Dolly soundtrack is wonderful and her songs fit each situation as if it were a musical. Also, Dolly is a very believable actress despite the very unbelievable situation. Believing Dolly is a shrink is like believing Whoopi is a nun. You know it's ludicrous, but they somehow get you to accept it and enjoy. You want to believe it!

Some of her advice is like Zen, for example the one about women and corn flakes: you just don't get it. There is a lot you just don't get in this movie. But you still love it. That's a lot like loving a person, I guess.


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