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Storytelling

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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.