I love this scene from Magnolia. The director, P.T. Anderson, is so creative, and brave given the risks he takes in his creativity. This scene, set to the song “Wise Up” by Aimee Mann, is so random and unexpected, yet it fits perfectly within the movie by pulling all these very different characters together into single moment. We see that we are not alone even if when we feel that way. A comforting thought when feeling depressed. Within each small character study we instantly understand the complex emotions of felt by the character, and who among us hasn’t felt like “it is not going to stop, until you wise up.”

Also this scene inspired this parody from The Flight of the Conchords, which is a reprise of the rap version also shown below. Enjoy!


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