6.9/10
15,716
132 user 107 critic

Storytelling (2001)

College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Palindromes (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin, Stephen Adly Guirgis
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Shirley Henderson, Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy
Dark Horse (2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis
Happiness (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ira is a nervous playwright waiting and hoping to succeed with his art, which he takes it very seriously. But following his dreams and ambitions isn't something easy to do, specially when ... See full summary »

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Todd Solondz, Max Cantor, Alexandra Gersten
Wiener-Dog (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Keaton Nigel Cooke, Tracy Letts
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Marcus (segment "Fiction")
...
...
Amy (segment "Fiction")
...
Elli (segment "Fiction")
...
Lucy (segment "Fiction")
Nancy Anne Ridder ...
Joyce (segment "Fiction")
...
Ethan (segment "Fiction") (as Steven Rosen)
...
...
Melinda (segment "Fiction")
...
Sue (segment "Fiction")
...
Mike Schank ...
...
Mr. DeMarco (segment "Non-Fiction")
...
Edit

Storyline

Storytelling is comprised of two separate stories set against the sadly comical terrain of college and high school, past and present. Following the paths of its young hopeful/ troubled characters, it explores issues of sex, race, celebrity and exploitation Written by Fine Line Features

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

8 November 2001 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Todd Solondz Project  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$73,688 (USA) (25 January 2002)

Gross:

$912,442 (USA) (22 March 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the characters asks Toby Oxman if the documentary he's making can get into Sundance. Previously, Todd Solondz got a Grand Jury prize for his film Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). See more »

Goofs

Length of Scooby's joint when he and Toby first meet. See more »

Quotes

Vi: Do you... think I have potential... as a writer?
[after a pause]
Mr. Scott: No.
[another ugly pause]
Vi: Thank you for being honest.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mark Borchardt Was in 'The One' with Jet Li (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The State I Am In
Performed by Belle & Sebastian
Written by Belle & Sebastian
Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of Jeepster Recordings Limited & Matador Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An unpleasant, unsettling, and most importantly, necessary film
25 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

After reading about Palindromes and finding myself oddly attracted to the subject matter of several of Todd Solondz's features, I bought this film. It would seem that it has a reputation as being his worst work to date(at least as far as theatrically released movies go)... I must say, if the rest of what he's done is this powerful, I will have to keep my eyes open for it. You seldom see movies that are this unpleasant. There are films that are far, far harder to watch... but this is still not one you put on to enjoy yourself. As many other viewers, I didn't care much for the first half(well, part... it's a third of the projects full length, with a running time of about 25 minutes), "Fiction". I felt I had gained little after it was over, though I will say that the concept and themes explored are quite interesting. "Non-Fiction" proved to be far more worth-while, in my opinion. The writing and direction is excellent in both. The pacing works well... I was never bored, and while it wasn't exactly a "good" time, it moved along as it should, never really too slow or too fast. The characters were incredible... the sheer amount of development, through so little time spent on each... that's talent. As its title indicates, Storytelling goes into different methods of telling a story... and displays some of the most impressive storytelling that I've seen to date. There is some humor, but it's quite black, and throughout the film, I was unsure of whether I should laugh out loud... or cry my eyes out. The film is strongly satirical, very direct and seemingly almost aggressively anti-PC. Dealing with several subjects of taboo, Solondz pulls few punches, if any. Certainly not a film for everyone. Both parts seem to end somewhat abruptly, but that may be intentional. I will say that my rating would almost certainly have been higher had the first part been improved upon... or removed entirely. It's difficult to say who I'd recommend this to... cynics or realists with a strong threshold for the some of the ugliest sides of human nature, I suppose. From what I understand, though, it's less provocative than the other films of Todd Solondz. 8/10


22 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?