Not one of Altman's best, for purely mathematical reasons: it's 40 minutes shorter than Nashville and has twice the number of characters, making it a hit-and-miss swirl of moments and tones that either mix or clash. The central conceit is wonderful, though: that the civilized ritual of a wedding can barely paper over how insane families are when thrown together. Best character: Geraldine Chaplin's wedding planner.
This is the most fun of all of Altman's films during his Fox period. On the surface it seems like a boring and pretentious concept but Altman turns this into a fun ride with lots of colorful characters getting into some crazy situations.
No...it's not in league with MASH or NASHVILLE, but it's still a biting satire full of uncomfortable confrontations, oddball characters, and a typically Altmanesque tapestry of wildly diverse actors (Carol Burnett, Geraldine Chaplin, Desi Arnaz Jr., Pat McCormack, Paul Dooley, Mia Farrow, John Cromwell, etc)
A savage satire which deserves recognition as one of Altman's excellent ensemble films. Vittorio Gassman as Luigi Correlli may be my new favourite character in an Altman film. The security guards were hilarious.
Un succulent chef-d'oeuvre de méchanceté et d'humour noir, une farce énorme et puante d'une extrême finesse d'observation, doublée d'une décapante peinture au vitriol d'une certaine bourgeoisie décadente... www.cinefiches.com
Despite some significant similarities to "Nashville," this film is far less concerned with commenting on the big picture of American culture. Altman narrows his focus on two wealthly families and a large-scale wedding, and his stream-of-consciousness style suits the unusually grounded scenario (for him) surprisingly well. Some outstanding performances, including Carol Burnett, who has never been better on-screen.
Moderately funny, and not a lot else. Obviously pointless to criticize Altman for leaving loose ends, but the fact is a lot of these characters bring nothing to the film, have no discernible effect on the theme, and just add time to a movie that should have been closer to "O.C. and Stiggs" length than that of "Nashville". I mean, the security guards as comic relief was just unnecessary, even if a lot of jokes do hit.