Doc Hollywood is a 1991 comedy about a hotshot young doctor named Ben Stone (Fox) who is planning to kickstart his career as a wealthy plastic surgeon by moving from Washington, DC to Beverly Hills, California. But, as it tends to do in comedies such as these, fate has other plans for Ben. While on his cross-country road trip, he crashes his car, which temporarily strands him in the sleepy town of Grady, South Carolina. While his detour seems like a torturous delay at first, Ben soon becomes more accustomed than he first imagined to life in a small town.
Despite a setup that sounds like it could veer into total cheeseball territory, Doc Hollywood got solid reviews from critics, and today, it has a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes. Time Out New York said of the movie, “the whole thing bubbles along nicely in a fresh, witty, unselfconscious manner, making you forget the dated Capra-corn message,” while in his positive review from the time of release, Roger Ebert praised the film’s characters and called it a “sweetheart of a movie.”
You can see for yourself how well it pairs with Irresistible by checking out both on HBO Max.