Hollywood to Dollywood
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Twin brothers Gary and Larry have written a screenplay with a perfect role for their idol Dolly Parton, so they decide to set off on a cross-country road trip to personally deliver the screenplay to Dolly herself. With a soundtrack featuring 15 classic Dolly Parton songs, this feel-good documentary follows the brothers and their band of intrepid travelers as they meet everyday Americans, dodge floods and tornadoes, and search for tolerance and acceptance while realizing their biggest dream: delivering their screenplay to Dolly.
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The film starts in Los Angeles, where Gary and Larry live, and they decide to rent an RV promptly named by them as Jolene, in reference to Dolly's #1 song from 1974, and decide to travel cross country to Tennessee. On their way there with Mike Bowen (Gary's boyfriend who does the driving) the twins encounter various people who also idolize Dolly and recount their feelings toward her.
"Hollywood to Dollywood" also addresses the issue of homosexuality, people's prejudices toward our sexual orientation (yes I am gay too) and the problem the twin's mother has in dealing with having two gay sons.
The movie shows actual scenes of the terrible flood in downtown Nashville which occured in 2010, the damage to one of Dolly's then businesses "Trinkets and Treasures" and their eventual arrival in Pigeon Forge. I will not say if Gary and Larry meet Dolly, but the ending is not to be missed.
Gary and Larry supported the financing of the documentary from their own pockets (they were winners on a network reality series called "Wipeout") and the film has won dozens of "Best Documentary" awards.
The film is simply beautifully produced, has a ton of cameos with people like Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black (screenplay writer of "Milk"), Chad Allen, Beth Grant (who starred with Dolly in the 1999 TV film "Blue Valley Songbird") and funny Leslie Jordan who recounts the time as a teenager he went to see Dolly in 1970 when RCA recorded her "A Real Live Dolly" album at her high school. When one of the twins (I can't tell them apart) actually gives Leslie a copy of the rare CD recording of "A Real Live Dolly" you can see the love Leslie has for the one and only Dolly Parton.
Dolly had a hand in the film herself as she allowed Gary and Larry to use 16 of her original songs to be used in the soundtrack at no cost. Her classics like "Coat of Many Colors", "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" only add essence to what is already a remarkable film. 10% of what the movie makes goes to Dolly's Imagination Library Program.
There are several bonuses such as 90 minutes of features never before seen including what the boys have been up to since the film's release, their appearances on the "Marie Osmond" and the "Jeff Probst" talk shows, an interview with director John Lavin, a Question and Answer session with Chad Allen and Gary and Larry at the New York City Film Festival and so much more.
I adore "Hollywood to Dollywood" as not only does it show the love that Dolly's fan base have of their idol as well as her love for them, but it's underlying theme of the acceptance of anyone, no matter what your sexuality, is really what love is all about.
"The Hollywood Reporter" says the film is a "Casually road trip doc about aspiring screenwriters desperate to meet their showbiz idol".
I am proud of you Gary and Larry, what you have done for gay rights, your respect and recognition for the greatest entertainer that has ever lived and for being proud of who you are!
Much love to you both!
The film's listing on some sites suggests it is "starring" Chad Allen, Dustin Lance Black, Beth Grant and Leslie Jordan, but these are simply actors who are acquainted with the twins and provide cameo appearances early in the film, before the trip. Parts of more than a dozen of Dolly's songs make up the soundtrack of the film, and there is a brief scene with her at the end of the film. The lesson here is in the three young men, and a few of those they met along the way, talking about how their family's reaction to their sexuality impacted their lives, and how Dolly's songs provided comfort. Sounds strange, but it actually kind of works, mostly due to the pleasant and engaging cast. Film won numerous "Best Documentary" prizes in LGBT film festivals worldwide, and was spotlighted on Rose O'Donnell's show. DVD is not rated, but there is nothimg here that would not allow a PG. Extras include outtakes deleted scenes, interviews and more Dolly music. I give it four stars out of five.