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Plot: College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
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It has a beginning a middle and (most definitely) an end!
Another completely original, dark, deeply skewered and audacious commentary on society from Todd S., whom we’ve come to depend upon for this sort of thing. Not as focused as Dollhouse or as filled-out as Happiness, Storytelling does seem sparse, and that’s one of the things I like best about it (I’ve seen it 4 times now)- how T.S. didn’t feel the need to conform to what the majority of film goers (even his OWN crowd!) expect when they enter a theatre.
It’s divided into two parts – Fiction, with its heavy sexual, presumably-racist and ironic elements, a searing affair that many people seem to have found offensive without getting the underlying satire, and then there’s Non-Fiction; amazing how much spot-on societal jabs T. S. squeezes into this one, and plus it has another great, multi-layered performance from Paul Giamatti, always a major selling point of any film, for me.
The bottom line: I believe T.S. deserves credit for his audacity alone, his unwillingness to compromise his vision, however unacceptable it might be. Or he might be consciously tailoring his vision toward the unacceptable, sort of like Andy Kaufman did – getting off on just making people react, shaking them out of indifference. Or maybe, like some people have suggested, he’s run out of ideas (or he peaked with Dollhouse) and he’s just rehashing the same stuff, hoping nobody will notice. Or maybe he WANTS us to notice, maybe it’s a cry for help, in which case I would recommend a writing class, but NOT one that has Robert Wisdom as the professor.
Solondz’s talent shows, but needs more closure
“Storytelling” is interesting, dramatically effective and well-acted. It just left me wanting more. Those who were heavily turned off by Solondz’s last effort, “Happiness,” (a film I still regard as brilliant) might not be as turned off by “Storytelling.” Other than an explicit anal sex scene (which is blocked off by a cheesy red box in the R-rated version), the material is quite innocuous. But “Happiness” not only had a provocative edge; it also had closure. It didn’t leave any loose ends, having the audience wonder, “What’s next?” This movie has Solondz’s provocative edge, but it needs closure.
The characters and situations are colorful. I’ve always loved the director’s use of brutal honesty in telling stories of otherwise straitlaced white collar suburbanites with skeletons in their closets. His films possess a unique realism that we almost never see in today’s movies.
Selma Blair gives her best performance up to date, her first character role. There’s a greatly powerful scene in which she’s taunted, by her fellow classmates, about her short story which was based on a true situation between her and her tough-as-nails professor. John Goodman is terrific as the strict, suburban dad who simply wants his family to be normal. Leo Fitzpatrick is great as Blair’s lonely boyfriend with a speech impediment. After seeing him in that awful movie, “Kids,” it was great to see him in a decent role in a halfway decent movie. I’m guessing he really does have a speech impediment. The little boy got annoying at times. Though I know it was part of his character, there were times where I just wanted to put my foot through the TV when he would go on rambling. And the underrated Paul Giamatti delivers a fine, low-key performance as a geeky documentary filmmaker.
I wouldn’t say this movie is anywhere near terrible, and I still look forward to Todd Solondz’s next film, but it just needed more. It would’ve made a great television pilot, but for a film it would need a stronger narrative. In the second story, “Nonfiction,” we get to know a fair deal about these characters, their backgrounds and their aftermaths. However, in the first story, “Fiction,” I felt there could’ve been a lot more background to the characters and what happened after Vi’s dreams were crushed after her fellow students gave their hypocritical opinions on her short story? As I said before, it’s an interesting film, but not altogether satisfying.
My score: 6 (out of 10)
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 27 min (87 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Todd Solondz
Writer Todd Solondz
Actors Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick, Robert Wisdom, Maria Thayer
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Good Machine, Killer Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm