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Storytelling (2001)

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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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Melinda (segment "Fiction")
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Mr. DeMarco (segment "Non-Fiction")
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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 | Romance

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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

Toby Oxman: Scooby. Scooby. Scooby. What are you thinking?
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References Schindler's List (1993) See more »

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Fiction
Performed by Nathan Larson and Nina Persson
Written by Nathan Larson and Nina Persson
Published by The Music Of NATO and Stockholm Songs
Nathan Larson appears courtesy of Artemis Records
Nina Persson appears courtesy of Stockholm Records
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Not his best work, but not as bad as everybody says
31 January 2003 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

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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