Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)

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Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I ... See full summary »

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Steven Gale (as Evan Bonifant)
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Lorraine Gale
Julie Halston ...
Dottie Frank
Robert Pall ...
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Sharon's Mother (as Harriet Harris)
Irving Metzman ...
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Ashley Chapman ...
Sharon
Rhea Silver-Smith ...
Darcy
Gina Gallagher ...
Kim
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Dick Gordon
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Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked (made post-Poison and pre-Safe) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy's fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son's apparently "sissified" interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes' Oscar-nominated Far From Heaven with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions. Written by Anonymous

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What adults can't rememeber...
6 May 2003 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This movie was a very gentle and tasteful illustration of a child's early interest in --and awareness of-- sexuality. Unspoiled by the mores and norms of his culture, little Steven Gale observes with innocent but worried curiosity some of the kinkier details of adult life in mid 20th century America. At a time when sexuality was publicly repressed, he glimpses it even in Dotty, his TV comedienne heroine and role model.

This material could have been handled very poorly in the hands of a less sensitive or apt director, but Todd Haynes' interpreted his own script with class and humor. Watch IFC's or Bravo's listings for showings of this little gem.


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