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Magnolia Film Summary & Analysis

Paul Thomas Anderson
This Study Guide consists of approximately 27 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Magnolia.
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Motifs

What Do Kids Know?

Everyone in the film is somehow related to the show What Do Kids Know? Whether they are simply watching the show, are avid fans, or are directly involved with the show, each person is somehow connected to the others by this game show. The Gator family is obviously connected to the show because Jimmy is the host; however, at the end of the film, Claudia also simply watches the show in the darkness of her apartment.

Stanley and Quiz Kid Donnie Smith are the characters most involved with the show. Both have been participants on the show and have been hurt by it. Donnie's parents stole his money in the same way that Stanley's father is taking his money. Donnie's life has been controlled by the fact that he eventually lost on the show, while Stanley's life is beginning to be controlled by the...

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