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Storytelling (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  8 November 2001 (Russia)
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College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.

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Elli (segment "Fiction")
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Joyce (segment "Fiction")
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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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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 Consuelo was cleaning the floor while Mikey was asking her about her family, the amount of dirt on the floor changes twice when the camera is turned away. See more »

Quotes

[Marty and Mikey sit by the comatose Brady, who lies in his own bed]
Mikey Livingston: Dad? Do you think that Brady will ever get better?
Marty Livingston: One in a million recover.
Mikey Livingston: Maybe he's that one in a million.
Marty Livingston: Mikey, there's optimism, and then there's stupidity. It's a very fine line.
Mikey Livingston: [pause] I don't think there's any hope, either. I was just trying to make you feel better.
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More Solondz brilliance
10 August 2002 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

Yet another masterpiece from one of the great indie filmmakers. Solondz again uses a lot of his trademark stark and unsettling characters to tell two separate stories. "Fiction" was short and to the point, the message being the utter subjectiveness of the art of storytelling. It was hilarious how the other kids in the writing class reacted to Vi's story, like it was improbable, racist and offensive. Solondz again displayed in this story that many people ARE racist and offensive, sometimes without even realizing it. It would have been impossible to make a whole movie out of "Fiction," and I think it was impressive that Solondz had the daring to just change over to another story without trying to link them, which would have been tedious. Solondz wanted to make two separate points, and the only way to do so was with two separate stories. The graphic sex scene between Selma Blair and Robert Wisdom is blocked out in the R-rated version; Solondz has a big red rectangle over the characters in a successful attempt to show how the MPAA censors can ruin a movie with their silly rules. I actually thought it added to the message of the first story, and the uncensored version is also on the DVD anyway. The second story is much longer and as a result has characters that are much more well developed. The Paul Giamatti character was a hilarious reflection of Solondz himself. Not just physically, but also in the way he was criticized for making fun of the characters in his documentary just as Solondz has been criticized for doing the same in "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and "Happiness." Many people who dislike Solondz films just can't stand the often vicious or disturbing denizens that inhabit his works. These people should stick to watching "Titanic" and "A Walk to Remember" as they have no appreciation for the daring and honest way Solondz makes his movies.


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