October 23, 2000 12:00 PM

Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Kate Hudson, Shelley Long, Farrah Fawcett, Laura Dern, Tara Reid, Liv Tyler

Dr. Sully Travis (Gere), a prominent gynecologist in Dallas, tells a buddy early on in this meandering comedy drama that he believes “all women are saints.” His faith is soon shaken when he discovers that his beloved wife (Fawcett) has been splashing about naked in a shopping mall’s fountain, his oldest daughter (Hudson) may be hiding a big sexual secret and his sister-in-law (Dern) tipples. And oh, yes, the golf pro (Hunt) at the country club wants to add him to her scorecard.

As directed by Robert Altman (Cookie’s Fortune), the star-stuffed Dr. T & the Women is busy, busy, busy, but ends up accomplishing little. With the exception of Gere, who is at his suave, silver-maned, slightly priggish best, the actors zip in and out as if merely dropping by for a quick checkup. (R)

Bottom Line: Needs doctoring

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