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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcus (segment "Fiction")
Amy (segment "Fiction")
Elli (segment "Fiction")
Lucy (segment "Fiction")
Nancy Anne Ridder ...
Joyce (segment "Fiction")
Ethan (segment "Fiction") (as Steven Rosen)
Melinda (segment "Fiction")
Sue (segment "Fiction")
Mike Schank ...
Mr. DeMarco (segment "Non-Fiction")


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 November 2001 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Todd Solondz Project  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the characters asks Toby Oxman if the documentary he's making can get into Sundance. Previously, Todd Solondz got a Grand Jury prize for his film Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). See more »


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


Vi: Fucking cripple.Why do I waste my time with undergrads? They're all so... juvenile! I just thought Marcus would be different. I mean, he's got CP.
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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »


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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Accurate and scathing attack on various forms of political correctness
27 August 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Probably Director Todd Solondz' most mature work to date, Storytelling is split into two parts `Fiction' and `Non-Fiction' - yet similar themes underlie both and pose questions about what we call reality when it comes to prejudice and taboo subjects. Whilst in previous attempts (such as `Happiness') Solondz' work has merely been controversial, in this film he berates political correctness more accurately and more entertainingly. It exposes ridiculous attitudes in the name of political correctness, whether it is the student with an awful essay who almost escapes criticism because he has cerebral palsy, or a black teacher who gets away with being a pervert because his victim doesn't want to entertain thoughts of racism. Nothing is sacred: Jews and the Holocaust also come in for merciless examination. But part of the film involves the story of a `documentary' being made within the main story, by an exploitative screwed up filmmaker who wants to do his own thing in the name of art, so in this sense, Storytelling even turns on itself and questions the validity of using the subject matter that it does. A controversial, worthy, and very entertaining film that stretches your ability to make moral judgements within a convincingly coherent framework.

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