With SHORT CUTS, director/co-screenwriter Robert Altman revisits the format of his 1975 masterpiece NASHVILLE, presenting a panorama of intertwined Southern California lives adapted from works by Raymond Carver. The result is quirky, sometimes brilliant, and mostly ice-cold.
Waitress Doreen (Lily Tomlin) is married to Earl (Tom Waits), a drunken lout who may have importuned to her daughter Honey (Lili Taylor). Honey's husband Bill (Robert Downey Jr.) is an aspiring makeup artist who pals around with Jerry (Chris Penn), who runs a pool maintenance service and is
frustrated and disturbed by his wife Lois' (Jennifer Jason Leigh) career in phone sex. Claire (Anne A...