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Storytelling -- From Todd Solondz, comes a film comprised of two separate stories set against the sadly comical terrain of college and high school, past and present.
Storytelling -- College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
Storytelling -- College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.


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Writer (WGA):
Todd Solondz (written by)
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Release Date:
8 November 2001 (Russia) See more »
College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Selma Blair ... Vi (segment "Fiction")

Leo Fitzpatrick ... Marcus (segment "Fiction")

Robert Wisdom ... Mr. Scott (segment "Fiction")

Maria Thayer ... Amy (segment "Fiction")

Angela Goethals ... Elli (segment "Fiction")

Devorah Rose ... Lucy (segment "Fiction")
Nancy Anne Ridder ... Joyce (segment "Fiction")

Steve Rosen ... Ethan (segment "Fiction") (as Steven Rosen)

Aleksa Palladino ... Catherine (segment "Fiction")

Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Melinda (segment "Fiction")

Tina Holmes ... Sue (segment "Fiction")

Paul Giamatti ... Toby Oxman (segment "Non-Fiction")
Mike Schank ... Mike (segment "Non-Fiction")

Xander Berkeley ... Mr. DeMarco (segment "Non-Fiction")

Mark Webber ... Scooby Livingston (segment "Non-Fiction")

John Goodman ... Marty Livingston (segment "Non-Fiction")

Julie Hagerty ... Fern Livingston (segment "Non-Fiction")

Jonathan Osser ... Mikey Livingston (segment "Non-Fiction")

Noah Fleiss ... Brady Livingston (segment "Non-Fiction")

Lupe Ontiveros ... Consuelo (segment "Non-Fiction")
Jessica Dunphy ... Cheryl (segment "Non-Fiction")
Nick Maltes ... Esposito (segment "Non-Fiction")

Steve Railsback ... Mr. Kirk (segment "Non-Fiction")
Crista Moore ... Elizabeth St. Clair (segment "Non-Fiction")

Franka Potente ... Toby's Editor (segment "Non-Fiction")

Andrew Marantz ... Stanley (segment "Non-Fiction")

Conan O'Brien ... Himself ('Non-fiction')
Frederick B. Owens ... Football Coach (segment "Non-Fiction") (as Frederick Owens)
Barry Jordan ... Dr. Barry Jordan (segment "Non-Fiction") (as Dr. Barry Jordan)
Robin Goodman ... Dr. Robin Goodman (segment "Non-Fiction") (as Dr. Robin Goodman)
Eric Nieves ... Dave (segment "Non-Fiction")
Marisa Redanty ... Onlooker #1 (segment "Non-Fiction")

Ilana Levine ... Onlooker #2 (segment "Non-Fiction")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jennifer Elise Cox ... Musical Theatre Actress (segment "Fiction") (uncredited)

Pat Kiernan ... TV News Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Gina Priano ... Highschool student (segment "Non-Fiction") (uncredited)
Tom Schimmels ... Man in Toby's Apartment (segment "Non-Fiction") (uncredited)

Jim Titus ... Football Player (segment "Non-Fiction") (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Solondz 
Writing credits
Todd Solondz (written by)

Produced by
Declan Baldwin .... line producer
Michael De Luca .... executive producer (as Mike De Luca)
Amy Henkels .... executive producer
Ted Hope .... producer
David Linde .... executive producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes 
Film Editing by
Alan Oxman 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
Production Design by
James Chinlund 
Art Direction by
Judy Rhee 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Alex Nickason 
Costume Design by
John A. Dunn  (as John Dunn)
Makeup Department
Quentin Harris .... key hair stylist
Evelyne Noraz .... additional makeup artist
Kyra Panchenko .... key makeup artist
Kerrie Smith .... first hair stylist
Taurance F. Williams .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Paul Leonardo Jr. .... post-production supervisor
Jeff Roth .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Leslie Garvin .... second assistant director
Victoria Lang .... second second assistant director
Alan Oxman .... second unit director
Art Department
Bruce W. Arcieri .... carpenter
Ann Marie Auricchio .... scenic artist
Russell Bullock .... scenic artist
Brian Buteau .... lead dresser
Thomas Costabile .... construction coordinator (as Tom Costabile)
Nicholas Decaneas .... art department assistant
Heather Dunbar .... assistant to production designer
William Egan .... construction grip
Deborah Greene .... set dresser
Roman Greller .... set dresser
Michael Herlihy .... construction foreman
Dierdre Kane .... prop assistant (as Dierdre L. Kane)
Ruth Katz .... set dresser
Robin Koenig .... lead man
Byron K. Lovelace .... set dresser (as Byran Lovelace)
Gala Magrina .... art department intern
Ron Miller .... carpenter
Monique Mitchell .... construction grip foreman
Dana Neuwirth .... set dresser (as Dana C. Neuwirth)
Tim Oravetz .... property master
Kevin C. Reidy .... construction grip
Paul Roer .... set dresser
Jeffrey Rollins .... on-set dresser (as Jeffrey S. Rollins)
Steven T. Scarphilla .... construction grip
Connie Schlier .... scenic artist
Steven Shellooe .... camera scenic artist (as Stephen Shellooe)
Robert W. Smith .... key construction grip
Jonathan Stein .... carpenter (as Jon Stein)
Greg Sullivan .... charge scenic
Frankie Tonkin .... construction grip
Harriet Zucker .... assistant set decorator
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Matthew Fleece .... foley mixer
Thomas Kodros .... stereo sound engineer: Dolby
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Kris .... supervising sound editor
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor
David Novack .... sound re-recording consultant (as David Novak)
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue editor
Michael Primmer .... boom operator
Jerry Yuen .... utility sound technician
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects (as Mark Boro)
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects
Robert J. Scupp .... special effects
John Stifanich .... special effects (as John R. Stikanch)
Thomas Viviano .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor/designer: Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc.
Don Canfield .... motion control operator
J. John Corbett .... digital animator/compositor: Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc.
Kathy Kelehan .... titles/effects producer: Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc.
Alex MacDonald .... motion control assistant
Matt McDonald .... digital animator/compositor: Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc.
Amit Sethi .... digital animator/compositor: Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc.
Fabian Tejada .... digital animator/compositor: Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc.
Dan Trezise .... digital animator/compositor: Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc.
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Bob Lake .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... electrician (as William Almeida)
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Robert Andres)
Tony Arnaud .... grip
Mel Cannon .... grip
Patrick Capone .... camera operator (as Pat Capone)
Brian Carmichael .... 24 frame video operator
John Clifford .... still photographer
Jack Coffen .... rigging gaffer
Ray Collins .... Steadicam operator
John Corso .... Steadicam operator
Lamont Crawford .... dolly grip
Ralph G. Crowley .... best boy electric (as Ralph Crowley)
Joe Cuzan .... crane operator: Technocrane
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera (as Carlos Guerra)
Jonathan Lumley .... gaffer
John Panuccio .... grip
Robert T. Prate .... grip (as Robert Prate)
Leigh Rathner .... second assistant camera
Chris Skutch .... best boy grip
Patrick Taistra .... grip
Dylan Verrechia .... camera apprentice
Rick Whitfield .... video technician (as Richard Allen Whitfield)
Moira Demos .... electrician (uncredited)
Gerard Sava .... additional camera operator: "a" camera (uncredited)
Regis Trigano .... grip: video segments (uncredited)
Dylan Verrechia .... cinematographer: video segments (uncredited)
Mark Walpole .... assistant camera: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Casting Department
Elizabeth Baird .... casting assistant
John Barba .... additional casting assistant
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Benny Flay .... extras casting assistant
Johanna Hosking .... additional casting assistant
Aimee Howard .... additional casting assistant
Brian Pitt .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Carrano .... assistant costume designer
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy Habacker .... wardrobe supervisor (as Amy S. Habacker)
Stacy Havens .... wardrobe assistant
Mary Jo McGrath .... additional costumer (as M.J. McGrath)
Jessica T. Sinoway .... costume assistant
Niki Strippoli .... costumer
Editorial Department
Janell Fletcher .... post-production facilities
Alfredo Frasson .... color timer
Tim Streeto .... first assistant editor
Jay Van Hoy .... post-production coordinator
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
Matt Nash .... post-production intern (uncredited)
John Vladic .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Geoff Allen .... music engineer: "The State I Am In"
Willie Deans .... assistant music engineer
Tony Doogan .... music engineer: Belle & Sebastian
Juan García del Tocado .... assistant music engineer (as Juan Garcia)
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Robin Rankine .... assistant music engineer
Gregory Reid .... music engineer: "The State I Am In"
Tom Unish .... assistant music engineer
Transportation Department
Henry S. Avelin .... transportation captain
Matthew Callagy .... driver
Michael D. Canale .... driver
David Chacon .... driver
Mark A. Chomow .... driver
Walter Chomow .... driver
Ernie Clemens .... driver
Paul Coscia .... driver
Carlos Covian .... driver
Thomas Crehan .... transportation co-captain (as Tom Crehan)
Sean Leahy .... driver
Paul Massey .... driver
David M. Salisbury .... driver
Alessio Giorgetti .... driver: video segments (uncredited)
Other crew
Sean Ackerman .... office production assistant
Kimberly Acosta .... stock footage provider
Laird Adamson .... assistant: Christine Vachon
Eric Agopian .... production assistant
Alan Aguilar .... chef
Crystal Bahmaie .... on-set assistant: Christine Vachon
Craig Bankey .... unit publicist
Michael Bederman .... production accountant
Sarah Bicknell .... office intern
Susan H. Bodine .... legal counsel: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, L.L.P. (as Sue Bodine)
Kevin Breznahan .... adr loop group
Shannon Burkett .... adr loop group
David Chambers .... location assistant
Cory Chew .... completion bond: Film Finances Inc.
Alison Cohen .... legal counsel: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, L.L.P.
Maryann C. Contrubis .... first assistant accountant (as Maryann C. Fondulas)
Joan Devilla .... payroll accountant (as Joan De Villa)
Maureen Duffy .... completion bond: Film Finances Inc.
Chris Ekstein .... office intern (as Chris Eckstein)
Joe Facey .... craft service
David L. Feinberg .... office intern
Alexis Fish .... product placement and clearances
Jamie Gannon .... production assistant
Becky Goldberg .... office intern
Greg Gordon .... production assistant
Krista Haimovitch .... location coordinator
Sharyn Hauck .... animal handler
Sharyn Hauck .... animal trainer
Sid Hauck .... animal handler (as Sig Hauck)
Sid Hauck .... animal trainer (as Sig Hauck)
Jesse Hove .... location assistant
Robert Kahoud .... consultant: cerebral palsy
Jeremy Konner .... location assistant
Jane Kelly Kosek .... assistant: Declan Baldwin
James Lepow .... production assistant
Erica Levy .... product placement and clearances
Rafael Lima .... production secretary
Cathryn Long .... animal handler
Cathryn Long .... animal trainer
Jennifer Lyne .... assistant location manager
Spike McClure .... adr loop group
Ross Miller .... insurance: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Kristal D. Moseley .... key set production assistant (as Kristal Mosley)
Jordan Moussouros .... office intern
Carlos Oliva .... office intern
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group
Chris Parsons .... office intern
Jennifer Perito .... adr loop group
Jason Rogers .... office intern
Dana Rudys .... office intern
Mike S. Ryan .... location manager
Michael Jason Schiff .... office intern (as Michael Schiff)
Paula Schmit .... completion bond: Film Finances Inc.
Keith Schofield .... office intern
Timothy Shea .... chef
Frank Slaten .... production assistant
Julie Slotnik .... production assistant
Karen Koula Sossiadis .... production coordinator (as Koula Sossiadis)
Daniel Steinhart .... office intern
Katie Stern .... production assistant
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
José Tejada .... coordinator: parking and security (as Jose Tejada)
Melinka Thompson-Godoy .... assistant: Ted Hope
Steven W. Thrasher .... office production assistant
Jenelle Troxell .... research assistant
Jon Vachon .... office intern
Peter Brogna .... office intern (uncredited)
Katherine Dorrer .... assistant location manager: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Damon Michael Gordon .... location scout (uncredited)
Jeff Maksym .... pre-production office intern (uncredited)
Raquel Stern .... locations intern (uncredited)
Keith Addis .... special thanks
Mark Borchardt .... special thanks
Thomas R. Burman .... special thanks (as Tom Burman)
Stef D'Andrea .... special thanks
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special thanks (as Bari Burman)
Lyle Hysen .... special thanks
Todd Interland .... special thanks
Eytan Mirsky .... special thanks
Neil Robertson .... special thanks
Eric Rosner .... special thanks
Roger Schwarzschild .... special thanks
Ben Slatkin .... special thanks
Don Steele .... special thanks
Walter Teller .... special thanks
Nick Wechsler .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Hungary:16 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:11 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (certificate #38271) | USA:NC-17 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adam Hann-Byrd, and Heather Matarazzo also filmed scenes that were cut from the film.See more »
Continuity: The positions of Scooby's hands when he is holding the gun change between shots.See more »
Scooby Livingston:You're a pervert?
Toby Oxman:No. Actually I'm a documentary filmmaker.
Scooby Livingston:Oh. You mean like "Blair Witch Project"?
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Like That Thing On Your Neck, It's Grown On Me, 12 June 2008
Author: Joseph Sylvers from United States

At first viewing I though this was the weakest of director Todd Solondz films, however like all of his works, it's impossible to forget once seen. Todd Solondze absorbed criticisms about exploitation, showing misery for misery's sake, and just generally being a "meanie", and turned them into the cinematic equivalent of a "dis song"(rap term for song made specifically as an attack or "beef" with another rapper), with Solondz against critics, carefully trying to explain the notions of "Storytelling". Our first story deals with sex, political correctness, race, and fiction writing, as a young liberal college girl has unpleasant and ironic sexual experience with her Black writing professor. Our second well...with the same subjects just this time with non-fiction in place of fiction. Here Solondz shows us yet another dysfunctional upper middle class Jewish family in chaos, but this time as a "documentary", which shows us the pathetic film maker, the cruel or otherwise ignorant family, and the audience who laughs and scoffs, at it all.

This is a rare film, because it's a film maker addressing his critiques, himself, and his audience all at once. And it has plenty of Solondz trade mark cringe scenes, that veer drastically from comic to dramatic in a matter of breaths. The results are absorbing but like all Solondz it leaves a bad taste in your mouth, and makes you honestly question your own moral compass. They say satire is dead if the audience cannot be shocked, but it's also dead if the audience cannot be shamed, in the days where South Park and Family Guy, are on non cable TV any afternoon (l love both shows), shock and shame are concepts so familiar they've lost some of their power. Thankfully just when we've seen it all and were sure that nothing matters and nothing can surprise, startle, or offend us, Todd Solondz will be there to show things can always get worse.

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