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

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Marcus (segment "Fiction")
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Amy (segment "Fiction")
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Elli (segment "Fiction")
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Joyce (segment "Fiction")
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Ethan (segment "Fiction") (as Steven Rosen)
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Mr. DeMarco (segment "Non-Fiction")
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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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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 »

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The positions of Scooby's hands when he is holding the gun change between shots. See more »

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Elizabeth St. Clair: The pressure to get into the college of your choice is incredible. They did a study recently of the youth in Bosnia during the bombing. They found that the stress the young people experience there was less than what American high school students go through when applying to college.
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References American Movie (1999) See more »

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Storytelling
Performed by Belle & Sebastian
Written by Belle & Sebastian
Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing
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Solondz rules
27 July 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

After a very bumpy (very bumpy!) start, Storytelling disarmed me with its amazing humor (which really shines in "Non-fiction"), succinct dialogue, and brilliant use of music. Let's face it, in a movie industry that bastardizes the concept of soundtrack, I am thankful for Solondz who doesn't overwork a condescending one. But back to the story, I was really wondering what the point was with the "Fiction" until its hard-hitting ending, which blew me away. In "Non-fiction" he once again proves that he can create sympathetic characters like no one else, all with a commentary on school violence, celebrity, conformity, etc. He also has the best humor in cinema (get this! haters of American Beauty are also treated with a spoof!). Humor without all the nasty sarcasm. Scooby, the protagonist in "Non-Fiction" is so wonderfully dimwitted and confused that its so easy to love and relate to him. To all of Solondz's critics, he says, "I love them!" by proxy. Solondz always struck me as someone with a very good heart, and he showcases more of that here. I really do think that this is a powerful movie and more than the sum of its parts. The first part is in the same vein as HAPPINESS while the second is is more like the digestible WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE. Both are great movies (the second being a masterpiece), but only one is a film you could watch repeatedly. It really saddens me that the terrible responses to his films (all save for WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE) have made filmmaking so much a "nightmare" to him that we might Solondz disappear from the cinema world.


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