Rob Brunner
November 07, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Pieces of April

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
80 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/17/03
performer
Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Sean Hayes, Derek Luke, Oliver Platt
director
Peter Hedges
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Peter Hedges
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B

This semi-soundtrack to the Katie Holmes flick is an odd mishmash. Half the tunes are familiar fare taken from the best-known albums by Stephin Merritt’s bands Magnetic Fields and the 6ths. There’s also one unremarkable new Merritt tune written for the movie. Inexplicably, the disc also includes four brand-new Magnetic Fields tracks — the first in four years — that don’t appear anywhere in the movie. It’s these that will really interest fans, but while they have their charms, none can match the playfully sophisticated melodies and sad-sack wit of 1999’s wonderful ”69 Love Songs.”

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