Altman's ambitious film is sadly one of his less successful. A WEDDING is extraordinarily self-indulgent, which is really saying something in light of this great filmmaker's astonishingly uneven career.
The setting is a wedding between the daughter of a southern parvenu family and the scion of a clan that is a combination of old money and Mafia. Altman trots more than 50 characters across the screen in what must have been an attempt to prove that he could top the feat he achieved with the 24
stars he used in NASHVILLE. In this case, though, more is less. So many people appear onscreen in so many snippets of stories that not only is it difficult to care about any...