Robert Altman, who seemed to mysteriously lose his knack for filmmaking after directing 1993's brilliant Short Cuts, makes it halfway back to a comeback with his most recent film, Cookie's Fortune. The film, which passed itself off to audiences as a mystery, actually reveals Cookie's killer within the first 30 minutes of screen-time, and then spends the next 90 letting us get to know the kooky residents of a close-knit Southern community.  With exception to Chris O'Donnell, who should stick with his rubber-suit and codpiece, the cast is fun to watch, and each play their part with an effervescent charm that is damn near contagious.  Although it moves along at a fast enough pace, Anne Rapp's screenplay never quite works as a straightforward comedy, and the actors seem as though they're putting on performances tailor-made for a far better movie.

I'd give it 6 Juicy squirts out of a possible 10

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