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  • R
  • 3h 8m
  • 1999
Certified Fresh83%
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This sprawling character study follows 10 people whose damaged lives intersect--often by sheer coincidence--during a single day in Southern California's San Fernando Valley.
© 2000 New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh83%
Critics Consensus: Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Drugs, sex, language in '90s drama about child abuse.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Magnolia is a 1999 drama that runs more than three hours and addresses the never-ending consequences of child abuse. Adults who were either emotionally, financially, or sexually abused as children muddle through drug- and alcohol-addled lives, unable to connect or, in some case, function. One becomes successful by offering popular seminars on how to "seduce and destroy" women, seemingly waging a war on women even though it turns out his father was the one who damaged him. Death and dying are prominent themes, and two men are seen dying of cancer. One woman attempts suicide by overdose, and a man shoots himself. A man has an erection in his underwear. Breasts are viewed briefly through a blurred shower door. A man looks at a pornographic magazine, and a brief view of female nudity is seen. Drug use, sexual situations, intense and repeated use of profanity, including the word "f--k" (more than 100 times), make this an iffy choice for all but the most mature teens. Spoiler alert: Thousands of frogs fall out of the air, causing slippery, bloody, traffic accidents and generally creeping everyone out. Amphibian-phobics be warned.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 17, 1999
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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