Winner of the "Grand Prize" at the 1994 USA Film Festival.
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.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Grand Prize USA Film Festival 1994
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I'm reminded of the song, "Stuck In The Middle With You", which is where Stevie seems to be in his relationship with himself and with the character, Dottie. Reality bites, though, when he wins a contest and finally meets up with his frenetic, ciggabutt-puffing heroine on the set of his favorite show, only to find out that things are never really as they seem, and people even less so. He never did get what he thought he really wanted. So, like many others, he buries his shame, but always in a place where only he can readily find it. Excellent film.
Really liked it. Great acting but found it very confusing especially the ending.
Touching, emotive suburban cinematography
Many will probably relate to this film. Sad, funny, and sometimes very touching.
exactly the sort of reality that i was originally born into. lol.
Interesting, sad, and occasionally funny.
Very interesting short movie.
Excellent short film. Tremendously entertaining and thoughtful; well worth a watch. Well directed and written.
Emotionally 100% on the money, but Haynes is so great, who would be surprised?
A little gem about a boy whose art makes him stable and gives him the armor to survive the taunts and giggles of children, and his fathers doubts about his son's artistic nature. It takes us beyond heredity and shows how children have to survive and grow in ways that have a sexual aspect but are related to becoming a person.
i love all of todd haynes's stuff, and so it was no surprise that i loved this. what was surprising was how straightforwardly moving it was. though subversive in some respects, this is quite a bit less ironic/post-modern than his other stuff. it's a portrait of a kid reaching a point in his childhood where he's learning to feel shame about some elements of himself and his interests. it's very nuanced in lots of weird and exciting ways, but it captures a very general type of alienation that a lot of lgbt/queer kids feel growing up in a heterosexual world. if you're thinking about watching this: watch this.
Interesting, but disturbing film.
I enjoyed watching it
Deeply moving and disturbing film tracing a young boys fascination with a "family" show (e.., I Love Lucy), in the 50's, his ostracism by both schoolmates (girls) and his father which forebodes the bullying and rejection he may face as he grows and matures. Presages possibility he will be member of LGBT community in adulthood - but road to whatever choice he makes is foreshadowed to show the rejections and confusions he will face as he moves ahead.
Well-directed Todd Haynes film, produced by Christine Vachon about six-year old "artistic" (read Gay)boy's obsession with I LOVE LUCY-style show's star. If you were taunted and/or bullied for being LGBT or genderqueer/gender inappropriate this film will touch a familiar, painful chord.