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From Todd Solondz, the critically acclaimed director of Welcome to the Dollhouse comes a film 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.
Todd Solondz, director of the acclaimed Welcome to the Dollhouse and the controversial Happiness, continues pushing the envelope of social decorum with the merciless and casually cruel Storytelling, his most ruthless satire of suburban complacency. Broken into two unrelated chapters, "Fiction" follows college girl Selma Blair through a degrading encounter with her resentful writing teacher (Robert Wisdom), while the more sprawling and scattershot "Non-Fiction" circles around the mutual exploitation of a fumbling documentary filmmaker (Paul Giamatti doing a near-parody of director Solondz) and his clueless subject, a suburban high school slacker named Scooby (Mark Webber). The squirmy laughs are laced with humiliation and the satire is acidic and cynical; in the world of Solondz, victims and victimizers alike are petty, selfish, vindictive, and thoughtless, and empathy is strictly rationed. Though sharply written and well directed, this misanthropic vision is strictly for daring filmgoers and Solondz fans. --Sean Axmaker
If you strongly dislike this movie, I suggest reading Crowley's scathing early reviews of Faulkner; then read Crowley's later praise of the same works. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Guipi Boy
Storytelling is an interesting movie that portrays the contemporary North American society.
It emphasizes the pitiful importance of the individual as the stem of a... Read more
Thanks for refreshing drama. The first half (all that I have watched so far) seems a portrayal of a young women's (Vi's) daring and traumatic moves into life, a snap shot of... Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Guipi Boy
This is honestly the worst movie I've ever seen. I can't imagine how anyone could possibly have enjoyed it. I hated everything about it.Published on May 9 2004 by "nflees"
Selma Blair is hot as hell. This movie really utilizes that aspect of her acting repitoire.Published on April 27 2004 by Chad Kultgen
After the acclaimed and controversial "Happiness", Todd Solondz produced another acid and depressing vision of today`s America. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by gonn1000
My mate brought this back because of its glowing reputation, and we both sat in stunned silence as we watched this. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by John Doh
Storytelling is a bit of a disappointment except for some great moments that really stand out, but sadly overall is not really this director on form. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by OverTheMoon
I previously have been a fan Todd Solondz's work in the pastm but I really didn't like Storytelling. Solondz has a real talent to make the tragic and brutal seem humorous. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by Oezekoye