Now this is the kind of film l like. Plenty of interesting characters, no great rhyme or reason to the stories, and it also finishes without tying up the loose ends, leaving you wondering what will happen to the some of the people involved. I wont go into the various tales, but some are interlinking, some aren't, and not all of the characters are nice. It was great to see Tom Waits and Lyle Lovett acting, as they were superb and believable. Short Cuts is pretty long (about 3 hours), but certainly worth it from my point of view.
Thinking about it, this is how 'The Hurt Locker' should have been made. Join the peoples lives at a random moment, become involved with the story, and then an unexpected finish. It would have been so much better.