Director Robert Altman offers the tale of bisexual Bruce (Jeff Goldblum) who, tired of his lover, Bob (Christopher Guest), places a personal ad and meets Prudence (Julie Hagerty) at a French restaurant, resulting in a terrible date with unintended consequences. Both seek solace in their respective therapists, whose own sexual and other foibles only serve to further confuse the situation. —Netflix
An iconoclast whose work acutely attacked the conventions of genre filmmaking, Altman both satirized and revitalized such warhorses as the Western, the musical, and the crime drama, waging war on the sterile artifice of mainstream storytelling by creating a singularly sprawling and deliberately messy cinematic world bursting at the seams with sounds, images, characters, and plot lines. Famed for his inventive brand of overlapping (and often improvisational) dialogue and an acknowledged master of modern camera technique, Altman’s quixotic career has been uneven at best, yet he remains a pivotal figure of contemporary cinema, a true maverick responsible for many of the defining motion pictures of his times. Born February 20, 1925, in Kansas City, MO, Altman was educated in Jesuit schools prior to joining the Army at the age of 18; over the course of WWII, he flew over 50 bombing missions in Borneo and the Dutch East Indies. Upon his discharge in 1947, Altman studied engineering at the… read more
This movie is grossly underrated. All of the criticisms that were once-leveled at it seem utterly irrelevant now. It's probably the best movie from Altman's play adaptation 80s. I even prefer it to the staid, one-note joke of Secret Honor. At least this one-note joke has a doesn't take itself very seriously. Truly high-level farce and Altman's visual/aural language in full effect. Top 10 Altman.