Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: It’s 1954, and Dorothy returns to her hometown. She tells everyone that she decided to leave the Navy.
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Year: 2000
Duration: 105 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Donna Deitch
Writer: Paula Vogel, Terrence McNally
Starring: Erik Knudsen, Brittany Murphy, Jason Priestley, Margot Kidder, Helen Shaver, Mimi Rogers, David Hemblen, Aron Tager, Paulino Nunes, Brian Kerwin, Shirley Josephs, Ann Holloway, Patti Medwid, Sean O’Neill, Andrew Butcher
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+Alt Tags+This anthology covers three short stories and features a well known cast. In ‘Mr. Roberts,’ a teacher (Steven Weber) and student (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) in the 1970s struggle with being gay. In ‘Amos and Andy,’ a present day father (Ed Asner) deals with his son’s marriage to another man.

In the first segment, ‘A Friend of Dorothy,’ it’s 1954, and Dorothy (Brittany Murphy) returns to her small hometown to live with her mother (Margot Kidder) after being given a dishonorable discharge from the Navy for ‘sexual deviancy.’ Her mother kicks her out of the house, and most of the town residents visibly shun her.

Café owner Janet (Helen Shaver, Desert Hearts, ‘The L Word’) is the only one in town who befriends her, and the rest of the film is in flashback as Dorothy relates her story. Janet gives her some cash and hooks her up with a friend in Greenwich Village, telling Dorothy that when she was young, she also had an older woman who helped her out of a bad situation. As repayment, Janet asks that Dorothy later return the favor to another woman in need – a great message to remind us to take care of our own.

Directed by Donna Deitch (Desert Hearts, The Women of Brewster Place). It is only available on vhs. (AB)