With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
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
Performed by Elton John
Written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin (as Bernard J.P. Taupin)
Published by Happenstance Limited / Rouge Booze, Inc.
Administered by Warner Bros. Music Corp.
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Not his best work, but not as bad as everybody says
Not the best work from this director, but not as bad as many people seem to think. 'Fiction,' while unpleasant, is Solondz in fine, chilly form. He gets criticized a lot for showing contempt for his characters, but his movies are more than the simplistic revenge fantasies they get written off as. When he's on, there's something really beautiful about his dry, clear vision: he's truly appalled, even frightened, by his characters and their hypocrisies. 'Fiction' is a toxic little parable about what's wrong with the processes of both making and interpreting art, and Selma Blair's performance is quite surprising and good. But 'Nonfiction' misfires. It, too, contains some brilliant insights about making art (and personally, I wasn't bothered by the navel-gazing), but they're spread quite thin, and the narrative itself meanders, never really finding its rhythm. (In other words, the storytelling itself is its worst weakness.) Paul Giamatti is typically good, but he doesn't always have much to work with. Overall, 'Storytelling' is too uneven to get very enthusiastic about; then again, it's more interesting than much else out there. 6 out of 10.
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