Dallas gynecologist Dr. Sullivan Travis is a man juggling many, many women in both his professional and personal lives. The doctor of choice for the city's society elite, Dr. T is perennially overbooked and behind schedule, despite the efforts of his devoted chief nurse. Now Dr. T's home life is boiling over, too: his beloved wife Kate has regressed into a childlike state just as plans for the upcoming wedding of cheerleader daughter Dee Dee are shifting into high gear. Adding to the chaos, his Champagne-loving sister-in-law Peggy has moved in with her three little girls, while Kennedy conspiracy buff daughter Connie is sounding the alarm about Dee Dee's chosen maid of honor, the mysterious Marilyn. Overwhelmed, Dr. T begins spending more time at his country club's golf course, adding a new woman to his life - the easygoing new golf pro Bree. Life is about to change for Dr. T, hitting him with the gale force of a Dallas Fall storm.
Like last year's ''Cookie's Fortune'' (which was also written by Anne Rapp), Robert Altman's new comedy has a mellow, rambling feel. The keen edge of social criticism that characterized masterpieces like ''Nashville'' and ''The Player'' has been blunted somewhat, but Mr. Altman remains an unparalleled choreographer of chaos. Richard Gere, playing a harried, gentlemanly Dallas gynecologist, is virtually the only man in the movie, and his generous performance anchors the film and provides a foil for wonderful supporting turns by Kate Hudson, Laura Dern, Helen Hunt and Shelley Long. — A. O. Scott
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