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Short Cuts review

A couple named Lois (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Jerry Kaiser (Chris Penn), experiences envy because of her wife’s job doing phone sex. Gene Shepard (Tim Robbins) is an immoral cop who cheats on his wife, Sherri (Madeleine Stowe). Gene's mistress is realtor Betty Weathers (Frances McDormand). Honey (Lili Taylor) is married to Bill Bush (Robert Downey, Jr.), a man aroused by carnage. The film involves Howard (Bruce Davison), baker (Lyle Lovett), a father named Paul Finnigan (Jack Lemmon), Ralph (Matthew Modine) and his wife, Marian (Julianne Moore), waitress Doreen (Lily Tomlin), whose hooligan husband Earl (Tom Waits) is a drunk, and Howard’s wife Ann Finnigan (Andie MacDowell).

A few qualms noticed were the pacing, overlong scenes of the jazz singer, lack of an interesting score or ...

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Like his 1975 sprawling epic NASHVILLE, Robert Altman treads familiar water with a massive cast of several interlocking characters and stories. The material was lifted from a series of Raymond Carver short stories, which explains the ever-present feeling of anticipation and staggering coincidence. Most of the characters are desperate, ignorant suburbanites in search of quick happiness; a form of satisfaction without the commitment and work. Their behavior isn't desirable, but they're not completely despicable as human beings. In fact, what makes SHORT CUTS so fascinating is the true humanity in the stories; how they're only trying to find happiness in their lives. The failed attempts at trying to right-a-wrong, the simple misunderstandings that prove fatal for some, yet beneficial for oth...

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