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

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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

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

8 November 2001 (Russia)  »

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Untitled Todd Solondz Project  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$912,442 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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Trivia

There was a third story with James Van Der Beek as a college student realizing his sexuality, which was subsequently cut out of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the Livingstons are eating dinner, towards the end of the scene, Mikey's collar goes from inside his sweater to outside between shots. See more »

Quotes

Scooby Livingston: I'm not an idiot man. I watch TV.
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Connections

References Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) See more »

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Storytelling
Performed by Belle & Sebastian
Written by Belle & Sebastian
Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of Jeepster Recordings Limited & Matador Records, Inc.
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It has a beginning a middle and (most definitely) an end!
11 February 2002 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

Another completely original, dark, deeply skewered and audacious commentary on society from Todd S., whom we've come to depend upon for this sort of thing. Not as focused as Dollhouse or as filled-out as Happiness, Storytelling does seem sparse, and that's one of the things I like best about it (I've seen it 4 times now)- how T.S. didn't feel the need to conform to what the majority of film goers (even his OWN crowd!) expect when they enter a theatre.

It's divided into two parts - Fiction, with its heavy sexual, presumably-racist and ironic elements, a searing affair that many people seem to have found offensive without getting the underlying satire, and then there's Non-Fiction; amazing how much spot-on societal jabs T. S. squeezes into this one, and plus it has another great, multi-layered performance from Paul Giamatti, always a major selling point of any film, for me.

The bottom line: I believe T.S. deserves credit for his audacity alone, his unwillingness to compromise his vision, however unacceptable it might be. Or he might be consciously tailoring his vision toward the unacceptable, sort of like Andy Kaufman did - getting off on just making people react, shaking them out of indifference. Or maybe, like some people have suggested, he's run out of ideas (or he peaked with Dollhouse) and he's just rehashing the same stuff, hoping nobody will notice. Or maybe he WANTS us to notice, maybe it's a cry for help, in which case I would recommend a writing class, but NOT one that has Robert Wisdom as the professor.


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