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Short Cuts (1993)

The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents.

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While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Rated R for graphic sexual language, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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$106,553, 3 October 1993, Limited Release

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$6,110,979
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One of two 1993 films featuring Matthew Modine and Lily Tomlin as part of a large ensemble cast. The other being And the Band Played On (1993). See more »

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Gene Shepard throws a rock through his mistress's living room window while she's away on vacation. Yet when she comes back, the window is unbroken. See more »

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Marian Wyman: Are you cheating Ralph?
Dr. Ralph Wyman: No, Marian. You cheat. Remember?
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Pushing Kiss
Composed by Elvis Costello (as Costello), MacManus, Cait O'Riordan (as O'Riordon)
Performed by Annie Ross and The Low Note Quintet
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overdone, underthought
3 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

In my opinion, "Short Cuts" is one of the most unwatchable films I have ever

seen. Altman took a series of Raymond Carver's most masterful stories (and one poem, I believe), made them into short films with some terrific actors, chopped each film into 30 second clips and threw them in a blender so they were

completely out of sequence. Watching "Short Cuts" is very much like watching

TV with someone who will not stop channel surfing; the moment cohesion

begins to fuse the various scattered moments together, the film breaks them

apart. The stories/chapters themselves would probably have been fine if they

had been left as individual segments (to attempt a little cohesion between

stories, some of Carver's separate characters were fused into one--Lily Tomlin who plays the wife in "They're Not You're Husband" is also the woman who hits the little boy with her car in "A Small Good Thing"--why Altman then chose to destroy narrative cohesion WITHIN the stories is beyond me), but with so much going on simultaneously, it's impossible to follow. Carver's writing motto was "No tricks"; in other words, he eschewed gimmicks and clever little devices and instead just wrote honest, sometimes brutally frank depictions of life as it is, warts and all. Altman's movie is one big gimmick, one long pointless trick. It's amazing to me that a movie combining several of my favorite things in the world- -Raymond Carver, Tom Waits, Lily Tomlin and a clown--could be so bad!

Another IMDB user commented that the movie seemed more like a big party for

the actors then something the viewer can appreciate and this seems to me to be a very apt point.


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