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Straight Talk (1992)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Russell
Alan Riegert
Guy Girardi
Dr. Erdman
Milo Jacoby
Gene Perlman
Zim Zimmerman


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A Once Upon A Lifetime Comedy. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)  »

Also Known As:

Famosa por error  »

Box Office


$21,202,099 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ron Livingston's feature film debut See more »


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'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: Why even the Declaration of Independence only guaranties life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn't say anything about fair. Doesn't even say you have the right to be happy. Just to pursue it.
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'Dr.' Shirlee Kenyon: Get down off the cross honey, somebody needs the wood!
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Delightful piece of fluff
17 July 2003 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

Some might dismiss this as a "feel good" movie and indeed it is. But it's a lot of fun and a bright vehicle for the always delightful and vivacious (bodaceous?) Dolly Parton. Sure, the plot is predictable from the first scene. But there are a lot of laughs and good moments on the way to the trite happy ending. But the measure of a movie is whether you enjoy it and this is a wonderfully honest and enjoyable picture.

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