The first thing you have to know about this film is that it's a Robert Altman film. For many that's enough, indeed far too much. So watch it at your peril. Personally, I've always been a fan of his though he has often disappointed. 3 Women has to be one of the most depressing films made by anybody, ever. Though Altman has certainly worked hard at besting himself in this category. Still, I've always considered him one of the most brilliant and important directors.
I recently came across this interview from 1992 with Altman in Kansas City; I'd never known that he was a native and had always wondered why he had picked that venue for one of his movies. It mentioned The Player and. despite having sworn off Altman, I was intrigued.
Thankfully so, as it turns out. The movie concerns a ruthless Hollywood executive played fairly adequately by Tim Robbins. It's a fine line between totally depressing and dark humor; this movie manages to cross it on the good side. It's a mildly amusing sendup of the nefarious nature of Hollywood behind the scenes. As one who loves movies but loathes Hollywood, it works for me. It's good, but not quite the classic Altman was after. Recommended for all Altman fans or Hollywood haters.
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