DR. T AND THE WOMEN (Artisan).
How this film made $12 million at the box office is beyond us, but this Robert Altman/Richard Gere star vehicle can be applauded for one thing: making Goldie Hawn's little girl a lesbian. While the film is peopled with literally dozens of talented women -- Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, Shelley Long, Tara Reid -- there is no denying the most compelling characters are Kate Hudson (the spitting image of her movie-star mom) and Liv Tyler as lesbian lovers. Or ex-lovers. Or, well, Hudson is a Dallas cheerleader (seriously) about to marry some local yokel, but when she chooses her lesbian lover from college to act as her maid of honor, well, you can imagine the sparks that fly. They kiss. They ogle. They run off together -- midceremony. Seeing Liv Tyler (who, after the Aerosmith video, knows her way around Sapphic smooches) briefly kiss Kate Hudson is worth the rental alone.