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The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)

It's a business to do pleasure with you, boys!

Here's a feelgood musical movie with a pretty misleading title.

Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds play Mona Stangley and Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, two lovers in a quiet Texas ideal, where the former just happens to be the second-generation contender to a whorehouse (AKA the Chicken Ranch). And it's not just any whorehouse - it's the best one in Texas! One known for its wholesome fun, strict moral code and cleanliness, with a rich history and an unofficial blessing from the local authorities. Local authorities here being Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, Mona's protector and... maybe a bit more.

That all changes, however, when Melvin (Dom DeLuise) comes along and reveals this scandal. Ed Earl Dodd makes the mistake of punching him in the nose, and things start heating up! What'll happen to the Chicken Ranch - the great cultural heritage of this little Texas commune? And what'll happen to Mona?

Though there is some tension between the characters, it's mostly comedy, and as the establishment catchphrase goes it's never crude or dirty, just wholesome fun. The musical scenes weave into the movie at suitable segments, and though Burt doesn't do any singing, Dolly makes up for it with a few memorable melodies.

I was surprised to see Dolly take on a role like this one too, but she fits right in as the charming and wonderful contender. With "whorehouse" in the title you'd expect something dirtier today, but though there's plenty of skin, there's really nothing dirty about this movie. It's all good fun. It's the eighties, right? Well yeah, it is the eighties, but it really isn't a dirty movie. Really. It was refreshingly harmless entertainment, and a nice change of pace and scenery. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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