Hollywood to Dollywood

As much a road movie as it is a subtle screed on civil rights, John Lavin's Hollywood to Dollywood follows two openly gay brothers as they travel from one eponymous location to the other for the sole purpose of handing a spec script to their idol, Dolly Parton. To the uninitiated observer, much of this will no doubt seem strange—it certainly did to this writer—but we've reached a point at which any documentary handling such oft-sensationalized subject matter as this in an evenhanded manner is a welcome exception. Neither the brothers (Gary and Larry Lane) nor Lavin himself ever turn this story into a manipulative tearjerker—which would have been easy to do, given how genuinely sad it is at its core. The two North Carolinians spend an inordinate amount of time explaining away their Southern Baptist mother's inability to accept their homosexuality, continually passing it off as inherited cultural baggage that takes time to resolve itself. Parton, meanwhile, emerges as a near-mythical figure whose laid-back acceptance makes her surprisingly likable: “I think I've always been accepted in the gay community because I accept them,” she says at one point in archival footage. (It's still a bit difficult to imagine her watching the Lanes map out every detail of their scheme without being a little weirded out.) Even at a lean 81 minutes, though, Hollywood to Dollywood occasionally gets tiresome; what it does minute to minute is often less interesting than what it represents.

 
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lanetwins
lanetwins

Michael  me again.... I am so  sorry   I  know you have limited space  here  in the  Voice Box..  I had  to let the  Readers  see one  more "National"   review    THE  HOLLYWOOD REPORTER     Thanks.    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/hollywood-to-dollywood-film-review-365820       I hope  all your  readers   take  a  Chance  On Hollywood to Dollywood!  Its a real story, our story!  People and  critics   on a "Global"  level  seem to really get it, and  are very excited  to help us  Spread the word. :):)     L and G           

lanetwins
lanetwins

Sorry   the  advocate  Link  Didn't  Post..   wanted  to make  sure.  the readers..  Saw  some  National  reviews.    this is  a Great  One  from the advocate..      Thanks again Michael      http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/film/2012/08/31/travelin-thru-hollywood-dollywood      Also   we will be  on a  National  Talk  show  airing  Next week! Again  National  Platform!  Its going to be a Great  New talk show!  It will also  Help us  Spread  our  Message  of Love  and acceptance  on another  "National"  Platform  that  really counts!    Please  Pick up a Copy  of  D.N.A.   Magazine   This  Month!   Huge  3 page layout    on the H2D  a  " Global"   Platform   that  Magazine  goes around  the world.    Again  michael  Shocking   all this  is  happening.    after   your   review  doesn't  seem  like  anybody  else  was Bored  in the  Movie  or by  the message  of Hollywood to Dollywood.   Again michael we  wish you the best.     your fellow  gay  brothers   Larry and Gary   

 

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