Posted on 3/15/11 02:45 PM
I recommended to my three roommates that we watch this together based upon the rave reviews many esteemed critics heaped on this movie, and after about 30 minutes into it, the question became which one of us would slash our wrists first before the 3 hours was up. This movie was the most depressing, pompous, overwrought, misanthropic piece of tripe I have ever spent 3 hours with. One of my roommates ejected the tape from the VCR after the movie ended and hurled it at the wall. I give it 20% for juggling the myriad of Raymond Carver-inspired stories, but this is the kind of movie that makes you wonder if film critics need to trade a few of their review sessions in dark theaters for a few hours at Chuck E. Cheese. I understand the premise and design of Altman, but the end result is so unfulfillingly gloomy and morose that it overwhelms the enjoyment of experiencing the film. I couldn't have cared less for these characters. An ICBM could've landed in L.A. killing them all and ending the film and I would've been happy at being spared the extra time having to watch their sordid affairs a minute longer. My advice - skip this movie and spend 3 hours at Barnes and Noble with a latte and a Raymond Carver short story collection. Tell me you felt more enlightened by watching this movie instead and I'll be forced to immediately flog you severely.