Magistral performances. Excellent dialogue. Refreshing yet classical direction. All this and much, much more is magnolia. A three hour rollercoaster of emotions driven by the unexplicable human behavior in a mosaic of characters as big and as little as our lives.
Claudia Gator- A junkie carrying the burden of a great secret on her shoulders. Mellorah Walters performance is magnificent. Laughing, crying or screaming, Mellorah manages to capture Claudia's constant desire to be saved and loved.
Jim- One of the last genuine good people left in San Fernando and the world, jim's only wish is to help people and find someone to love. Tough sometimes ingenuous jim manages to make you beleive in his good intensions towards others. One day someone or something hears his call and he meets claudia and he's not willing to let this pass by. john c reilly's performance could not be better.
jimmy Gator- Phillip Baker Hall is superb displaying an amazing dominium of his experienced actor skills. A regular family man, famous host of the most popular tv show ''what do kids know?''. however our whole opinion and view of this character will change when he makes his final confession to his wife. Claudia's secret is then revealed and so is jimmy and our minds and judmental side start to interact with this complex characters.
Donnie Smith-A former child star of jimmy's show William H Macy's character has a crush on a young bar tender and his idea of getting him is as human as can be.Read more ›
The film follows several lives during one day in San Fernando Valley, chances and strange happenstances affecting all of them. Child genius Stanley Spector (Jeremy Blackman) lives with his pushy father (Michael Bowen) while competing in a game show, "What Do Kids Know?" and winning every time, always answering the questions instead of his team peers volunteering to answer. He is tired of always being pressured for the game show, and from his father's constant strain on him to be perfect. The host of the show, Jimmy Gator (Philip Baker Hall) has developed cancer and will die in two months, depressed as ever. His wife Rose is beginning to realize that Jimmy's life may be a lie. His daughter, Claudia Wilson Gator (Melora Walters) hates her father, is addicted to coke and is immediately attracted to police officer Jim Kurring(John C. Reilly). Back to the gameshow--Donnie Smith (William H. Macy) is lonely after being fired from his job and is in love with a male bartender, who doesn't show it back, and Donnie will do anything to get his attention. "What Do Kids Know Producer?" Earl Partridge (Jason Robards) has also contracted cancer and will inevitably die very soon. His wife, Linda Partridge (Julianne Moore) married him only for his money, but is now in love with him. Earl's caretaker Phil Parma Philip Seymour Hoffman is holding onto the life of Earl while searching for the estranged Partridge son from Earl's previous marriage. This lost son has change his name to Frank T.J. Mackey (Tom Cruise) and gives sex advice to men in seminars and videotapes. These stories seem to have connection, yes.Read more ›
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