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Awesome: 13.33%
Worth A Look: 26.67%
Average: 1.67%
Pretty Bad: 28.33%
Total Crap30%

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Dr. T and the Women
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Altman's venture into misogyny."
2 stars

Robert Altman's new movie "Dr. T & the Women" begins to lose points shortly after completion, and even faster once you give it any thought. What it amasses to is nothing short of sexist (anti-females), and compiled with the overdoses of chaos, "Dr. T & the Women" is too quick with the self-congradulatory mindset to notice the riven flaws.

Dr. T (Richard Gere) is a Dallas gynecologist ("What kind of doctor is he?"/ "The lucky kind!") with a wife (Farrah Fawcett) who's suffering from Hestia Complex, an engaged daughter with secret lesbian tendencies (Kate Hudson), and one who's jealous (Tara Reid). Plus, his alcoholic sister-in-law (Laura Dern) is staying with them for the wedding. When T meets Bree ("Bree, like 'breed' without the 'd,'" or "Like 'breech' without the 'ch,'" so as not to confuse it with the "cheese spelling."), played by Helen Hunt, a golf pro, he begins to shift his priorities. During this, and as it progresses (regresses?), everything goes haywire.

One must give credit to Altman for the assembly of his ensemble (he also has Liv Tyler, Andy Richter, Shelley Long, and plenty others), but for what they flocked to, I don't know. Considering the sexist material, one wonders how smart these women really are. There are quite a few well-constructed and funny scenes. I found myself laughing at some of the situations and some dialogue, but the quirkiness of it was quick to wear off. Also, the majority of the performances shine, with the exception of Fawcett, who, foremost looks awful, and secondly acts terribly. That was a huge casting folly. Gere, as a matter of fact, has one of his best roles ever, but then you might remember he's never done anything all that substantial. (Just think: "Runaway Bride" meets "American Gigolo.")

There are plenty of excruciating scenes dealing with his practice (at one point, I thought the tool he was using was a shoehorn) and Altman manages to get most of the actresses to bear a little of something each. But all the women are downgraded to pathetic, lame and shallow caricatures. None of them are shown in a positive light, and all have at least one unredeemable or unsanctioned quality (promiscuity, vanity, dementia, selfishness, superiority, drunken obliviousness, et al.) for this to qualify as misogynistic. So my query of "Anne Rapp" (see my "Cookie's Fortune" review) is further fueled: no women would have written this. Anyway, "Dr. T" also digs itself into an Alan Rudolph/"Breakfast of Champions"-type hole of overly chaotic developments. Hell, you feel Dr. T's stress, so when he's pulling out his hair, you're pulling out yours too. It's too much strain, and itís way to demanding. The chaos has a huge detrimental effect on the mood and palpability.

The lingering shots and ridiculous ending (including a real childbirth) push this farther from any middle-ground. While the movie doesn't immediately bother you after seeing it, it's a type of movie that loses all legitimacy, especially in relation to the usage of women, when you think about it. And that, coming from Altman who supposedly is a pro, is unexceptable.

But the exterior cinematography and opening long shot are impressive. The latter was nicely structured, timed, coordinated and executed. The first two minutes were the most unique and entertaining.

Final Verdict: C-.

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User Comments

3/27/16 FireWithFire Typically, badly made Altman film, on every level 1 stars
11/08/12 Susan Smith I love Richard Gere but didn't care for this movie 2 stars
9/22/10 art FARRAH FAWCETT"S LADY GODIVA IMITATION is the only highlight,of this BORE! 1 stars
7/13/09 the dork knight Richard Gere is tornado-proof. 1 stars
1/31/09 ravenmad Why did I watch this movie? Not entertaining. Estrogen overload!!! Makes women look BAD! 2 stars
10/10/07 mr.mike recall it as being not really worth seeing 2 stars
8/18/05 ES 'I pity the fool-' wait that's Mr. T. I just pity everyone who likes this movie 1 stars
6/19/04 Denise Duspiva Dull 2 stars
7/08/03 Joesco I know Altman is supposed to be a genius but this is flat and boring - "Stars" are wasted 2 stars
6/23/03 Jack Sommersby Flawed, yet it's well-cast and nicely whimsical. Gere is outstanding. 4 stars
3/16/02 Jenny Tullwartz The women flock to him but he's unlucky in love. Call him Dr. Screwlittle! 5 stars
1/21/02 Kiminator Lost me completely. Did we end up in Kansas or what? 2 stars
10/25/01 Melissa I enjoyed it more once it was over. It was too hard to follow while watching it. 2 stars
9/03/01 Graham Wright Confusing 1 stars
5/29/01 OJ van Schalkwyk It grows on you. Desturbing, yet intriguing. See French movie War of the Sexes.(1992) 4 stars
3/14/01 C MacNeil Had me up til the tornado- what was that all about? 2 stars
3/12/01 Mart Dawg DR. B your fucking retarded this movie sucked ass, the ending just sucked ass!! 1 stars
3/11/01 Lucinda Angelucci Couldn't stay awake through this! 1 stars
3/08/01 Joe Dray Overacted, too frantic, and too long. 2 stars
2/20/01 JT Alderman yawn 2 stars
2/19/01 Movie Master Shoulda stopped viewing after the trailer 2 stars
2/17/01 Phil M. Afficianado Some smiles but too shrill, extreme, and stereotypical. Gere/Hunt an oasis. Goofy ending. 3 stars
10/26/00 Dr. B Gere for once totally ruled + the cinematography was gorgeous. But sorta depressing overall 5 stars
10/25/00 Katsat Entertaining & interesting but not too compelling. Gere very appealing & believable. 4 stars
10/24/00 Ripped Off Meandering, boring, ridiculous waste of time. Avoid it at all costs. 1 stars
10/23/00 Liz This movie sucked. It was disjointed, slow, and the ending really made absolutely no sense. 1 stars
10/18/00 TheRock One of the year's worst 1 stars
10/14/00 The Bomb 69 interesting character study, solid performances, the ending was perplexing 4 stars
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  13-Oct-2000 (R)


  08-Mar-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Robert Altman

Written by
  Anne Rapp

  Richard Gere
  Laura Dern
  Farrah Fawcett
  Helen Hunt
  Liv Tyler
  Robert Hays

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