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Ready to Wear is all appetizers: the main course never arrives. Still, the critical savagery puzzles me. Altman's movie may be indefensible, but it's not unenjoyable.
Though it credits Mr. Altman and Barbara Shulgasser as writers, this film seems practically scriptless, to the point where much of it plays like a first rehearsal.
The picture is not a social satire. It's a mess.
Altman and his writer, former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Barbara Shulgasser, should have gone further and been meaner; too many of his jokes are generic slapstick, instead of being aimed squarely at industry's targets.
Despite some delicious moments, this sluggish, overlong, halfhearted satire feels like a movie that wanted to go somewhere but never got there.
You can't satirize industries that are inherently self-satirizing.
The spoof goes nowhere and takes a long time in doing so.
Sporadically amusing camp mess.
Robert Altman may be the most inconsistent American film director alive.
Altman's much-maligned comedy about the fashion industry deserves another look.
I got the feeling that Altman didn't really have any idea what he wanted to say with this film (which he later conceded in a TV interview).
Ready to Wear is to filmmaking what paper dresses were to fashion -- thin, trendy, and disposable.
Altman's lighthearted, amusing and unfairly underrated satire on the fashion industry is a sharp ensemble piece of celebrities, designers and reporters as they meet and stumble on one another at the "prêt-à-porter" extravaganza of Paris Fashion Week.
I tried four different times to watch this over two hours, but even though it has a cast of thousands (31 stars I guess), it has no continuity and puts you to sleep
Robert Altman's ADD was in full effect when he made this movie. And, it's a mess. A huge mess. But, it's like looking at an artist's sketch book. There's some really cool stuff here: the music, the all-star cast, Altman's probing camera. If you're in the mood... don't expect great storytelling... just soak it in.
Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear" is far to fluffy to be a significant satire. After the master class double feature of "The Player" and "Short Cuts," Altman tried to combine the structures of each of those films for "Ready to Wear." The result is a misguided, light as a feather comedy about the fashion industry. While the film is fast paced, the lack of any true story or thematic line is missing. There are glimpses of these, which give the appearance that the film could have been more than it is, but it is ultimately pat. But still, "Ready to Wear" can never be called bad, because it's fun, has a great cast of actors and a few pointed scenes that make it worthwhile. Should it have been meaner, like "The Player?" Yes. Should it have been as emotionally resonant as "Short Cuts?" Yes. But "Ready to Wear" is neither of these things and as it stands, it's just light fun.
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