Dottie Gets Spanked
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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.
- New audio commentary by Todd Haynes
- Rare 1989 short film He Was Once: an inventive parody of 1960s kiddie claymation show Davey and Goliath, co-starring and co-produced by Haynes
- Behind-the-scenes production photos
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
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However, even though I was hoping to see something more stimulating, this was actually a very good movie. It wasn't what I was hoping to see, but it was good anyway. Due to my interests, I interpreted it a little more differently. Apparently some people think the boy has gender identity problems. Though the boy may have been considered a "sissy", I considered him becoming aware of sexual needs. He idolizes Dottie--whose show is like a "I Love Lucy"--where every episode her Ricky spanks her for her shenanigans. He seems to fantasize about being disciplined by a strong male figure, but just his luck he has parents that don't believe in spanking.
Unfortunately, the topic isn't one that interests me all that much. I'm sure that someone who's struggled with the issues, either first-hand or as a parent, would see this in a very different way. But for me, there's just not a lot to hold interest.