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Truly quirky, this mock documentary is part musical, part farce, and completely, oddly innocent. This is a one-man-band job for David Byrne (lead singer of the Talking Heads), who writes, stars, and directs, It's ostensibly about the sesquicentennial celebration of a small Texas town, but it's really about strange characters and strange attitudes. Byrne is our guide, driving us around and giving tour information about Texas in an innocuous patter, frequently running into Louis Fyne (John Goodman), a lonely man looking for love. At various times, and with little provocation, the film swoons into a Talking Heads number with preachers and bar patrons belting out tunes. If you make room for it, however, True Stories can surprise and delight with its inventiveness and its unconventional treatment of the residents. A scene in which a construction worker launches into an aria, on a makeshift stage when no one else is around, is but one example of numerous such moments in this bizarre, delightful, and benign film. Any Talking Heads fan who doesn't own it should. --Keith Simanton
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As I said, there were good points. David Byrne himself is definitely the most prominent one...as others have said, his commentary is quite funny to listen to, and I get a kick out of the intent expression on his face as he delivers these strange remarks. Also, certain scenes were very funny--the one that makes fun of all those 80s music videos was spot on, and just about had me rolling on the floor laughing! The woman who never got out of bed also had me laughing hysterically. And, you have to admit there's a certain truth to the dating-by-computer mishaps...it's just amazing that even so far back it would occur to David Byrne to portray this.
Unfortunately, half of the movie (such as that ridiculous fashion show) simply had me raising an eyebrow and returning a stare as blank as Byrne's could be sometimes. I simply could not enjoy this experience as a whole, and while I cannot give it a 1-star review due to its good points, this is something I will definitely not be seeing again...better to sell it back and get myself something else.
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Masterfully spanning the divide between satire and celebration, True Stories allows us to see the ordinary as special and specialness as ridiculous, and ridiculousness as ordinary. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2014 by Aron Rosenberg
Who would have thought that Byrne and the Talking Heads would make such a sweet movie? It's a satire, of course, but the characters, rather than being ridiculed, are adorable. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by My Twin
I saw this movie in the theater while living in Germany in 1986-87, and recall it as a sort of pseudo-documentary of life in America mixed with some Salvador Dali-esque fantasy... Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by E. Folta
THIS REVIEW IS IN NO WAY a review of the movie, which is unique and fairly unmatched, and has set some artistic standards. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Andrew
David Byrne is funny in this movie. I was laughing so hard seeing Louis Fyne (John Goodman) singing a country song about needing someone to love. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004
After seeing this film, I plunged into a deep and unweilding crush on David Bryne. If you have a quirky sense of humor that appreciates the hilarity of American life, if you love... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by Pam Cash
This is the most bizarre film I have ever seen. It shows exactly what it is like in a small town--the mall, the parade, the talent show and especially the people. Read morePublished on June 7 2003 by Duane Hart
How else do you explain his tour of Virgil and its denizens? Done with such affection, trying so hard to fit in. Read morePublished on April 20 2003