On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous lost son, a police officer in love, a boy genius, an ex-boy genius, a game show host and an estranged daughter will each become part of one story. Through coincidence, chance, human action, past history and divine intervention they will weave through each other's lives on a day that builds to an unforgettable climax.
This is a sprawling epic of a film, featuring an immensely talented cast and epically contorted plot. Magnolia is the type of project rarely given the go ahead and shows the faith the studio had in Paul Thomas Anderson, that was fully realised in There Will Be Blood. The length on paper seems an issue, but the actual experience justifies this as you patiently wait for everything to merge. Hoffman, Macy, Moore, Cruise and others all deliver fine performances.
- Magnolia review by Rubber Ducky
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A strange film with a plot that jumps all over the place; some very weird stuff happens, especially towards the end of the film. However, there are some superb performances to hold your interest, especially Tome Cruise's hilarious portrayal of masculinity guru Frank, and Julianne Moore's neurotic wife of a dying millionaire. There are many different stories and threads running through the film and it is a little long, so make sure you watch it when you're not tired!