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It’s one of those movies with a bunch of seemingly unrelated story lines that somehow are supposed to come together. It’s one of those movies with an eclectic ensemble of veteran stars (Jack Lemmon!), up-and-comers (Julianne Moore!) and WTFs (Huey Lewis?). It’s one of those Robert Altman movies. So you know all the critics and artsy-fartsy types loved “Short Cuts” (1993). I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Twenty-two major characters, and not a one of them is likeable. They’re all somewhere on a continuum from pathetic to despicable. I get it, Robert. Life in L.A. sucks. Your point?

Jack Lemmon does the angry middle-aged man thing well. He does the broken middle-aged man thing well. He does the crusading middle-aged man thing… well, he does the crusading middle-aged man thing. He does all three in “Missing” (1982) when he flies to Chile to look for his son, who has disappeared during a coup. Lemmon’s the square and his son’s wife, played by Sissy Spacek, is hippie-ish, but time and tragedy temper their stances. It reminds me of the saying: a liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been robbed, and a conservative is a liberal who hasn’t been arrested.