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Pieces of April

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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.”