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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.

Director:

Todd Solondz

Writer:

Todd Solondz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Schank ... Mike (segment "Non-Fiction")
Xander Berkeley ... Mr. DeMarco (segment "Non-Fiction")
Mark Webber ... Scooby Livingston (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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 November 2001 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Todd Solondz Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,688, 27 January 2002

Gross USA:

$921,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,318,945
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

[Vi and Mr. Scott are having sex]
Mr. Scott: Say, "Nigger, fuck me."
Vi: Oh, but I... I can't... say that.
Mr. Scott: Say, "Ni..."
Vi: Ni...
Mr. Scott: "... gger."
Vi: ...gger.
Mr. Scott: Say, "Nigger."
Vi: Nigger.
Mr. Scott: "Fuck me hard."
[...]
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Alternate Versions

After "Storytelling" had been shown in Cannes, Todd Solondz re-edited the film. He removed five minutes from the second segment, and inserted five new minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mark Borchardt Was in 'The One' with Jet Li (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Storytelling
Performed by Belle & Sebastian
Written by Belle & Sebastian
Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of Jeepster Recordings Limited & Matador Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

not much of a story really.
10 May 2003 | by GjutarnSee all my reviews

Just another movie that strives for well, nothing. It seems like the will to actually tell something was replaced by the will to get another award. For me this is just another Robert Altman wannabe at work. But he just can't get the story straight. Deconstructivism sometimes seems, as well as irony, to be used when you are to insecure to tell the whole story. It takes courage to make a straight story (like Lynch), based on really good storytelling. By making the movie a bit arty and confusing you're not putting your ass on the line. You only put the responsibility in the hands of the audience. Sometimes it works, sometimes it don't. This time didn't work, for me at least.

Furthermore I didn't really see how the two parts interacted in a interesting way. But maybe I've forgotten my Derrida...


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