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"DR. T AND THE WOMEN"
(2000) (Richard Gere, Helen Hunt) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate Mild Moderate Minor Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None Minor None Moderate
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Minor Moderate Mild Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A successful gynecologist tries to cope with the many women in his life who, in one way or another, are leading him toward a midlife crisis of colossal proportions.
PLOT:
Dr. Sullivan Travis (RICHARD GERE), a.k.a. "Dr. T," is a Dallas-based gynecologist whose demeanor and practice are so popular that his schedule is always booked and his waiting room always packed with clients from across the city, including many upper-crust women. While his chief nurse, Carolyn (SHELLEY LONG) tries to control the crowd, Dr. T's meticulous but compassionate ways - and his overriding love and adoration for all women -- continually result in his appointments falling behind schedule.

At home, various women also surround and influence the doctor's life. His beautiful wife, Kate (FARRAH FAWCETT), is beginning to suffer from a disorder called the Hestia Complex that progressively renders her more childlike everyday. Their cheerleader daughter, Dee Deed (KATE HUDSON), is soon getting married, while her Kennedy-conspiracy buff sister, Connie (TARA REID), is jealous of the attention she's receiving and suspicious of Dee Dee's "friendship" with Marilyn (LIV TYLER), her out of state maid of honor. To complicate matters, Dr. T's boozing sister-in-law, Peggy (LAURA DERN), has recently moved in with her three young girls.

Overwhelmed by all that's occurring in his life, the doc spends time hunting and golfing with his friends including Harlan (ROBERT HAYES), Bill (MATT MALOY) and Eli (ANDY RICHTER). During the latter, he meets his country club's new assistant golf pro, Bree Davis (HELEN HUNT), a pretty and self-assured woman. As she wins him over because she's the one woman in his life who isn't needy toward him in one way or another, Dr. T. falls for her and must then figure out how to handle everything that's transpiring in his life.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of director Robert Altman ("The Player," "M*A*S*H") or anyone in the large ensemble cast, they just might. Otherwise, it's doubtful this film will appeal to most kids.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For graphic nudity and some sexuality.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • RICHARD GERE plays a compassionate Dallas-based gynecologist who's constantly surrounded by women in his personal and professional life and finds them inexorably driving him crazy. After his wife has a mental breakdown and wants a divorce, he ends up dating and sleeping with the assistant golf pro at his country club.
  • HELEN HUNT plays that new assistant golf pro at the country club whose strong-willed and independent flair entices Travis (they eventually become lovers).
  • SHELLY LONG plays his head nurse who tries to seduce him when not playing traffic controller for his office.
  • FARAH FAWCETT plays Dr. T's wife whose worsening mental condition has left her in a childlike state where in one scene she strips completely nude in public.
  • KATE HUDSON plays their cheerleader daughter who plans to get married despite her lesbian longings for another woman. She briefly uses some profanity.
  • TARA REID plays their conspiracy buff daughter who's jealous of the attention Dee Dee is receiving over her pending wedding.
  • LAURA DERN plays Dr. T's nearly divorced sister-in-law who's seemingly an alcoholic (she's always drinking champagne).
  • LIV TYLER plays Dee Dee's maid of honor and past lesbian lover.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated film. Various instances of female nudity are seen, including one showing both full frontal and rear nudity, while another clearly shows a woman's genitalia right before and then during childbirth (which appears real and might not be for the squeamish). Sexual encounters are implied, some lesbian kissing occurs, a woman partially undresses hoping to seduce her boss, and various women are seen during gynecological exams (although nothing explicit is seen during them).

    Profanity consists of at least 8 "s" words while other expletives and colorful phrases are also present. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes (including one who purposefully trips another character), while others drink (with one appearing to have a bit of a drinking problem).

    One woman has a mental breakdown that leaves her in a childlike state (and creates some tense family moments). For those sensitive to storms, a tornado scene (where a man and his car are sucked up inside one) may be unsettling, although it's played more for black comedy rather than suspense or terror.

    Should this summary not answer your concerns about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone in your home who wishes to see it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed content listings for more specific examples of what occurs in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • A clerk serves Peggy, Kate and her daughter champagne in a Tiffany's store (with Peggy downing most of the glasses herself).
  • Travis and his friends have beer with their sandwiches while taking a break from skeet shooting.
  • Travis' daughters find a bottle of booze in his office desk.
  • Peggy secretly drinks from a flask in Travis' bathroom and appears to have a drinking problem to some degree.
  • Peggy has more champagne and later has more.
  • Various women, including Peggy, have wine at a wedding shower.
  • After Bree states that she compensates for nervous sweats by wrapping her hand around a beer, Travis asks her if she'd like to go out for some. Instead, they go to her place for dinner and have several glasses of wine.
  • Travis and Bree have several glasses of wine at her place.
  • Dee Dee and Marilyn drink from a flask.
  • Peggy has more champagne, as does Marilyn.
  • Connie finds Carolyn drinking some of Travis' booze in his office.
  • Travis pours himself a drink and Carolyn later finishes it.
  • Travis and others have champagne at a wedding.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • A woman has a small, bloody cut on her head after striking it on a table while falling to the floor.
  • For those who are easily grossed out/queasy, we see a real (or very realistic looking) childbirth scene where we clearly see a woman's genitalia before and during the moment a child passes through that area and is covered in bodily goo.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Various women in Dr. T's waiting room exhibit varying degrees of bad attitudes, including one who purposefully trips another woman.
  • Connie makes a casual remark about an "x" on the street marking where JFK's "head exploded" when he was assassinated (while guiding her conspiracy tour).
  • Since Travis is still officially married to Kate when he has an affair with Bree (although his wife no longer knows who he really is due to her metal state), some may see the two of them as having bad attitudes.
  • Although she's engaged to marry some guy, Dee Dee kisses Marilyn and then runs off with her.
  • Connie is jealous of Dee Dee's marriage and tells their father about her (Dee Dee's) lesbian past (her motives aren't exactly clear on that last detail).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • A scene where a tornado sucks up a person inside his car might be a bit unsettling for those nervous about such storms, but it's not otherwise presented in a suspenseful way.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Shotguns: Used by Travis and his friends to shoot their version of skeet (shooting golf balls) and to hunt.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Holy sh*t," "Horse sh*t," "I don't know d*ck about..." "Piss," "Chick" (woman), "Snotty," "Nuts" (crazy), "Idiot" and "Bitch."
  • Travis and his friends make up their own version of skeet shooting by targeting flying golf balls - rather than clay pigeons - as their in-flight targets.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A minor bit of suspenseful music plays in one scene.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 8 "s" words, 1 slang term using male genitals ("d*ck"), 5 damns, 3 hells, 7 uses of "Oh my God," 6 of "My God," 5 of "Oh God," 3 of "God," and 1 use each of "Christ," "For Christ's sakes," "Jesus," "Oh Lord," "Jesus, Mother of God" and "Lord Almighty" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Since Travis is a gynecologist, there are several scenes where he's positioned between a woman's spread legs, but in most of the cases (unless noted below), we don't see anything explicit.
  • A woman shows some cleavage.
  • Dee Dee shows some cleavage in her low-cut top.
  • One of Travis' friends jokes that he likes his women wet (during a downpour) and that it's bad luck meeting a woman for the first time when she's wet.
  • When Bree asks what kind of doctor Travis is, two young men state that he's "the lucky kind" (since he's a gynecologist).
  • Not fully aware of what she's doing, Kate splashes around in a shopping mall fountain before eventually stripped completely naked. As such, we see partial glimpses of her full frontal and rear nudity from a distance and through the spraying water in the fountain.
  • After Travis kisses Kate several times, she suddenly backs away and states that they can't do that anymore because it's not nice.
  • During a cheerleader tryout, we see Dee Dee and other shapely women in high cut leotards, some of which show cleavage (as does a poster of a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader), and later see Dee Dee in a sports bra.
  • We see the top of a woman's bare butt on several occasions as she walks around an examining room with just a sheet around her lower body.
  • We (and Travis) briefly see Bree walking nude into her shower (from a distance and we see the side of her bare breast as well as her bare butt).
  • Bree invites Travis up to her bedroom and we see her take off her top (from a partial distance we see her bare breasts in silhouette) and the two then kiss and lie down on her bed (but we don't see anything else as the scene ends there, although it's implied that they have sex).
  • Travis talks about the wife of one of his friends changing her hairstyle, initially causing the friend to think he was talking about her pubic hair.
  • Dee Dee and Marilyn passionately kiss each other.
  • It's implied that Travis and Bree have sex again as we see him finishing getting dressed and she comments that he "made a lot of women happy today."
  • Someone tells one of Peggy's girls to give the penis back to Travis after visiting his office (evidently a model of one).
  • One woman in the waiting room tells another woman that she'll enjoy her gynecological exam since Dr. Travis really knows how to handle a speculum.
  • Trying to come on to Travis, Carolyn locks the door behind her and begins giving the very tired Travis a shoulder massage. As she does this, we see her removing her panties and panty hose and then unbuttoning her dress until we see her in her slip (with cleavage). Travis doesn't realize that she's disrobed behind him, but after he catches a sight of her then hiding below his desk (we partially see part of her butt sticking out from under it), he leaves right away.
  • Dee Dee and Marilyn kiss each other again.
  • We see a real (or very realistic looking) childbirth scene where we clearly and prominently see a woman's genitalia before and during a child passing through that area. We also clearly see the male infant's genitalia.
  • SMOKING
  • Connie smokes once, as does one of Travis' patients and his assistant who takes the cigarette from her and takes a drag from it.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Peggy admits that she's about to get a divorce and that may be why she's moved in with Kate and Sully.
  • Kate's regression into a childlike state puts a strain on the rest of her family.
  • Travis gets a call from his lawyer stating that Kate wants a divorce.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Kate's mental regression into a childlike state.
  • Lesbianism.
  • The somewhat negative way in which most of the women are portrayed here.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Eli ends up shooting one of the group's duck decoys with his rifle/shotgun, thinking it was the real thing.
  • An older woman trips a younger one with her cane after tiring of that woman complaining. As a result, the younger woman falls to the floor where she strikes her head on the table, temporarily knocking her out and causing a barely seen wound that requires many stitches.
  • A tornado sucks up a person inside his car and deposits both elsewhere, but the man is seemingly unharmed.



  • Reviewed August 29, 2000 / Posted October 13, 2000

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