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Dottie Gets Spanked
Dottie Gets Spanked
Actors: J. Evan Bonifant, Barbara Garrick, Julie Halston, Robert Pall, Harriet Harris (III)
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
UR     2004     0hr 45min

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 pr...  more »


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Actors: J. Evan Bonifant, Barbara Garrick, Julie Halston, Robert Pall, Harriet Harris (III)
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Gay & Lesbian, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/02/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 0hr 45min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A small gem
Steven L. Patterson | New York, NYUSA | 12/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This wonderful short film brilliantly (and entertainingly) captures the moment when a young boy's burgeoning sexuality becomes something he feels he needs to hide. Not to mention the fact that it's a spot-on period recreation, something at which filmmaker Haynes appears to effortlessly excel. A great companion piece to his later and more mature work on the same decade, FAR FROM HEAVEN. And like that film, one in which one false step could have caused the entire structure to collapse. An astonishing balancing act -- very funny, very sad, very moving."
Short and Very, Very Sweet
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 08/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Dottie Gets Spanked"

Short and Very, Very Sweet

Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride

What "Dottie Gets Spanked" does in half an hour many full length films never manage to do. With no pretense and frills, Todd Haynes, the director conveys what it is like to be a youngster on the verge of becoming gay. The movie is simple and straightforward yet a very emotional experience. The movie hugs you and draws you in a dark and sinister way without you even realizing that it is happening. It uplifts sissy power to a degree heretofore not dealt with on the screen.
I felt as if I was taken back to the shame I felt when I could not share my early sexual fantasies. Our main character, Steven Gale, is fascinated by the world of women and he is mesmerized by a TV star named Dottie who is his world. What lies beneath this attraction for Dottie is deeply psychological and we watch as Steven attempts to understand the meaning of the word normal. Here we get a very tasteful and sincere look at a young boy's interest in and awareness of his sexuality. Ashe observes innocently the mores of the society in which he lives, he finds a curiosity about some of the stranger details of adult life. He sees Dottie as his heroine and his role model.
The script is tender and sensitive and the director renders it with class and humor. Something happens in this movie that can change your life and the beautiful and careful way this movie is constructed takes the viewer to a different time and place. Steve's reality is bases upon a television show and the reality behind it brings about a multidimensional understanding that will probably bother him later. So many of us have experienced something like this and it is absolutely amazing to watch it happen to someone else.