Video Review

Ready to Wear

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
F

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Comedy; With: Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni; Distributor: Miramax

And ready to bore. Robert Altman's Ready to Wear is a mean-spirited look at the fashion world, set on and around the Paris runways. It is filled with dog-poop jokes and a lot of hand-me-downs from other Altman movies, as well as the revelation — quelle surprise! — that nearly everyone in the business is a heel. The star-laden cast, including Kim Basinger, Marcello Mastroianni, and Sophia Loren, can't manage ensemble playing amid all the ego massage. This frumpy old frock of a film pathetically tries to pass itself off as couture. Video, on which the quick and the slick thrive, makes the lack of oomph even more painfully evident. F

Originally posted Jun 09, 1995 Published in issue #278 Jun 09, 1995 Order article reprints