Friday, July 10, 2009

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)

A town Sheriff fights to keep a historical whorehouse open when a TV preacher targets it as the Devils playhouse. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Supporting Actor: Charles Durning

I am usually against films that glorify prostitution and encourage polygamy. Pretty Woman is the best example of such unfortunate gloryfication. Although this film can be included in such a category, it's light nonsense, so no one can take it seriously. First of all, it's a musical. It's loud. It's strange. It's vulgar.

The Oscar nomination was a fortunate accident, justified mostly by the fact that Charles Durning was a well-respected, never nominated actor. His role as the Governor is tricky & strange. He has one big musical moment and there's also lots of dancing in it, something that you'd never except to see him do. Strangely enough, the performance feels right. But I don't know if it was worthy of an Oscar nom, as it was a pretty strong category that year.

The best moments of the film and the ones worth judging come from Dolly Parton's performance. She has lots of musical moments and all you can look at are her boobs. But she gets two dramatic scenes that blow you away. The first one: her big fighting with Reynolds. The second one: the magical performance of the original version of I Will Always Love You!!!!! Dolly fairly lost the Golden Globe to Julie Andrew's iconic performance in Victor Victoria, but I dare to say that she was a serious contender for an Oscar nomination. :P

My rating for the film: 5/10. I'm being quite generous as the film is 90% sooo vulgar, trashy & brainless, yet entertaining. :) I give a big 10/10 to Dolly Parton's dramatic scenes, that really lift up the film. Oh yeah: and the ending is too sudden.

***I've made this montage for youtube with Dolly's best moments in the film, including her I Will Always Love You performance. In case you're interested:

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