Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Michael Bowen, Melinda Dillon, Henry Gibson, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Genre: Drama
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 188 minutes

On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous lost son, a police officer in love, a boy genius, an ex-boy genius, a game show host and an estranged daughter will each become part of a dazzling… more »

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
I used to be smart, but now I'm just stupid.

Thurston Howell:
Brad, dear, who was it that said..."A man of genius has seldom been ruined but by himself"?

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
[quietly; to himself] ... Samuel Johnson...

Thurston Howell:
It was the lovely Samuel Johnson! Who also spoke of a fellow "who was not only dull... but a cause of dullness in others."

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
"The cause of dullness in others."

Thurston Howell:
Picky picky!

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
Let me tell you this; Samuel Johnson never had his life shit on... and taken from him, and his money stolen! Who took his life and his money? His parents? His mommy, and daddy? Make him live this life like this... A man of genius who gets shit on as a child!... and that scars! That hurts! Have you ever been hit by lightning? It hurts. It doesn't happen to everyone. It's an electrical charge. It finds its way across the universe... and it lands in your body, and your head! And as for ruined, but by himself... not if his parents took his freaking life... and his money, and tell you to do this... and to do that, and if you don't...!

Smiling Peanut Patron #1:
Your parents took your money you won on that game show?

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
Yes! They did. [to Thurston] What does that mean, a spoke in the wheel?

Thurston Howell:
Things go round and round, don't they?

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
Yes, they do... They do. But I'll make my dreams come true.

Thurston Howell:
Sounds sad as a weeping willow.

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith:
I used to be smart. But now I'm just stupid.

Thurston Howell:
[raising his glass] Shall we drink to that?

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