Doctor Detroit (1984)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sex Comedy  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Doctor Detroit is not one of the classic entries in the Dan Aykroyd filmography. The story isn't terribly complex, the premise relies on a lot of sitcom-style schtick, and Michael Pressman's direction is slick but rather impersonal. However, comedy fans might be surprised by just how engaging Doctor Detroit is. Just when it seems like a viewer can write it off, it delivers a surprising, throwaway bit of dialogue or an engaging, well-played gag. The key to the film is its engaging cast of ensemble players, who create a nice sense of interplay that draws the viewer into the genially goofy premise. Aykroyd delivers plenty of energy and laughs in his dual roles, T.K. Carter makes an excellent foil, and Kate Murtagh makes for an amusingly unconventional villain. Also worthy of note are scene-stealing supporting performances from Fran Drescher as the craftiest of the "working girls" and Howard Hesseman as their wayward but clever "business manager." Besides, it is virtually impossible to dislike a movie that features a special musical number performed by James Brown and a theme song by Devo. In short, Doctor Detroit is a trifle, but it's a very entertaining trifle.