Attempted murder, incest, adultery, teenage prostitution and almost 30 years of Hollywood glamour add up to flavorless fare in this tale of a modern-day Pygmalion and his quartet of silver-screen Galateas. Director and screenwriter Nicholas Picard has been shot and left for dead; barely hanging on to life, he is asked to identify his assailant: "My wife," he replies. Ah, but which wife? He's married four women and made them stars: voluptuous Juliet Brittany, whose raw sensuality Nick brought to the screen in the 1950s; Kate Mallory, the shy, plain 18-year-old Nick turned into an actress heralded as "the most beautiful woman in the world"; Allison Hilliard, who defied her powerful actor-father to ask Nick to make her a star; and Toby Flynn, a tough, determined woman who, as Nick learned, was a competent actress on the screen, but a superb one off. But the rivalries between these women offer little tension because their stories are largely sequential. Nor does the tale build toward solving the mystery. Vaughn ( Royale ) suggests and then demolishes a variety of solutions; each is acceptable in turn because none is inevitable.
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