RORY: She [Lorelai] had a bad reaction to Magnolia. She sat there screaming for three hours, “I want my life back!” and then we got kicked out of the theatre. It was actually a pretty entertaining day.
Magnolia is a 1999 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It depicts a cast of interrelated characters in search of happiness and meaning, their stories interlinked through incredible coincidences that suggest there are forces stronger than fate in the world. Magnolia didn’t do that well at the box office, but was generally praised by critics.
Some critics agreed with Lorelai that the film was too long and convoluted, and even Anderson himself eventually decided it was overlong. This film seems to have put Lorelai off anything by Paul Thomas Anderson forever.