I was a teenager when Short Cuts came out, and it was one of my very favorite movies of all time. Like much 90s ephemera one could argue without much difficulty that it has failed to age terribly well. The radical (at the time) investment in narrative interconnectivity now appears to me to stretch credulity (these lives are just a little too cozily interconnected), and too many setpieces degenerate into theater.
It might be impossible to know after so many similar films what would the impact of watching this film in 1993 before all the others would have been, still there are many stories and it seems to me the characters are more interesting than the stories themselves and the device of the medfly and the dead woman look to me more interesting than the weaving of stories. The best - obviously - The Planeteers!!! Go Planet!!!
Julianne Moore, naked, talking to Matthew Modine, Chris Penn losing his temper, Jack Lemmon leaving the hospital, Jennifer Jason Leigh as a phone sex operator and Fred Ward urinating in the river: moments of grace offered by Robert Altman to Movie History. Highly recommended.