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Robert Altman


Andie MacDowell
Bruce Davison
Jack Lemmon
Julianne Moore
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Robert Downey Jr.





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tory about a variety of characters (including a baker, a phone-sex provider and a clown) whose stale lives intersect and are forever altered through simple twists of fate.

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Snoogans 06/24/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Similar narrative style to Altman's previous 'Nashville'. A few days in the life of a huge collection of characters. The cast is made up of entirely recognizable actors, each as good as the other. But, unlike 'Nashville', I wasn't bored with this long bloated trek. I found most of the individual stories to be more entertaining here. A couple I could've done without, but as a whole it seemed to flow better. The middle slows down a bit and the ending feels unnecessary. I generally liked the rest. This one mostly worked for me.

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mitchellyoung 01/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There are some interesting moments and strong storylines, but, as with a lot of Altman films, the movie has ADD and can't stick with one throughline for more than a few scenes. The pacing is uneven and frustrating and ruins a lot of the film's potential to build to a satisfying conclusion.

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Allison 12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This was so aggravating, because I like these types of films. But it didn't flow properly and there were too many characters. The story was also lousy.

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02/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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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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10/07/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


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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