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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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Selma BlairVi
Leo FitzpatrickMarcus
Robert WisdomMr. Scott
Maria ThayerAmy
Angela GoethalsElli
Devorah RoseLucy
Steve RosenEthan
Aleksa PalladinoCatherine
Mary Lynn RajskubMelinda
Tina HolmesSue
Paul GiamattiToby Oxman
Xander BerkeleyMr. DeMarco
Mark WebberScooby Livingston
John GoodmanMarty Livingston
Julie HagertyFern Livingston
Jonathan OsserMikey Livingston
Noah FleissBrady Livingston
Lupe OntiverosConsuelo
Steve RailsbackMr. Kirk
Franka PotenteToby's Editor
Andrew MarantzStanley
Conan O'BrienHimself

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Todd Solondz
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 87 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 16, 2002
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