William Stevenson
July 19, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Storytelling

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
87 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/25/02
performer
Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Julie Hagerty, Mark Webber, Robert Wisdom, Noah Fleiss, Lupe Ontiveros, Jonathan Osser, MIke Shank
director
Todd Solondz
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Todd Solondz
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a C+

STORYTELLING John Goodman, Selma Blair (2001, New Line, 87 mins., R, also on DVD) In his latest film, as in the far more entertaining Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness, director Todd Solondz aims to make the audience uncomfortable. The first half, ”Fiction,” satirizes creative-writing classes and collegiate political correctness; the second half, ”Non-Fiction,” mocks documentary filmmaking and suburban values, which are embodied by overfed, overdemanding dad Marty Livingston (Goodman) and his subservient wife (Julie Hagerty). Although there are glimmers of Solondz’s dark humor and a few genuinely shocking moments — one of which involves the N-word — Storytelling drags more often than it disturbs.

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