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Robert Altman managed to parody the already cartoonish world of high fashion in Ready to Wear, but this 1999 comedy written by Jill Kopelman and Caroline Doyle delivers only tired cliches, superficial jabs, and Hallmark sentimentality, tarting them up with queer histrionics and passing off the results as gay cinema. Bland, good-hearted Jocelyn (Dominique Swain), an intern at Skirt magazine, is belittled and abused by the self-important fashion elite and develops a debilitating crush on the magazine's bland, good-hearted art director, the token heterosexual male. Director Michael Lange tries to spice up the affair with fashion-celeb cameos (Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Diane von Furstenburg), but it's window dressing on a hastily constructed story. Still, with comic talent like Joan Rivers and Peggy Lipton, the film often comes perilously close to being funny. 90 min.

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