The soundtrack to the motion picture Magnolia was primarily an Aimee Mann album and it may have been her best. Based mostly on the strength of the soundtrack (as well as slightly on the generally good reviews that the film gets), I decided to check out the movie. Unfortunately, I can’t say the movie was half as good as the soundtrack… or a third… or a quarter. In fact, I just couldn’t finish watching it. Pairing a cast of characters who I just don’t care about with a runtime that’s over three hours generally isn’t a good mix, but that’s what Magnolia does and that’s more or less why I didn’t like it at all.
But like I say, the soundtrack is pretty good, featuring some Supertramp, Gabrielle and Jon Brion along with nine tracks from Aimee Mann. “Driving Sideways” is a highlight. Check it out. (The song and soundtrack, but not the movie)