In a perfect world, gynecologist Richard Gere's day planner would look like this: (1) see patients; (2) deal with family; (3) find a love life; and (4) watch it all magically fall into place. Then there's his reality: Women drop in and out of his office at a moment's notice just for attention's sake; he's got a daughter getting married; a sister with three kids who never says no to a glass of champagne; and a wife (Farrah Fawcett) suffering from mental illness.
Throw in a tryst with Helen Hunt, and Gere needs a 36-hour day just to keep his personal life straight. The chaotic office scenes are on the mark here, but for the most part, director Robert Altman delivers an uneven string of random bits, with Gere left struggling to carry the film. But he can't do it all, even if his character pulls off the impossible-to-believe ending. Maybe it's time for Altman to get himself a checkup.