Rated: R for nudity. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 3, 1993 Released by: Fine Line Features
Director Robert Altman has written an interesting script which interacts nine separate stories in Los Angeles County. The stories, however, are about people who are not very likable. Many of the characters are obnoxious to the extend that I didn't care what happened to them.
Altman also pushes his female stars particularly Juliane Moore into unnecessary prolonged nude scenes.
Helicopters over Los Angeles spray chemicals to kill medflies below. Twenty-two main characters continue to live their lives. Singers, waitresses, bakers, artist, pool cleaners, doctors, police officers, housewives, TV reporters and a clown all touch each other's lives. How their lives intersect would require a graph or a chart to explain. It is faith that does the job. Unlike Grand Canyon from a few years ago, the characters don's see hope and even worse don't seek it. Mothers and fathers have no regard or concern for their children, a grandfather who doesn't know his grandson's name, and men who leave the body of a young woman they discovered in a stream until they finish their fishing trip are examples.
Based on the writing of Raymond Carver, Short Cuts is something like "Nashville with many very unpleasant characters interacting. The script is admirable but in the end the film is not very satisfying.