|Directed by||Todd Solondz|
|Written by||Todd Solondz|
|Edited by||Alan Oxman|
|Distributed by||Fine Line Features|
|Box office||$1.3 million|
Storytelling is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz. It features original music by Belle & Sebastian, later compiled on an album of the same name. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
The film consists of two stories that are unrelated and have different actors, titled "Fiction" and "Non-Fiction". College and high school serve as the backdrop for these two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
"Fiction", starring Selma Blair, "Vi", is about a group of college students in a creative writing class taught by a professor (Robert Wisdom), who has affairs with his students, and sodomizes Vi after she goes home with him from a bar, who then writes about it.
"Non-Fiction", starring Paul Giamatti and John Goodman, is about the filming of a dysfunctional suburban New Jersey family as their teenage son (Mark Webber) goes through the college application process, and faces the trials and tribulations of late teenage years.
The original version of the film featured a third story entitled "Autobiography", concerning, among other things, a closeted football player (James van der Beek). The main character has an explicit sex scene with a male partner (Steven Rosen); the entire story was cut from the final version.
- Selma Blair as Vi
- Leo Fitzpatrick as Marcus
- Robert Wisdom as Mr. Scott
- Maria Thayer as Amy
- Angela Goethals as Elli
- Devorah Rose as Lucy
- Nancy Anne Ridder as Joyce
- Steven Rosen as Ethan
- Aleksa Palladino as Catherine
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Melinda
- Tina Holmes as Sue
Red box controversy
During the sex scene in the Fiction entry, a "red box" was added for the American version of the film, blocking the audience's view of a rough sex scene between Blair and Wisdom. This was used to bend the rules of the MPAA's rating system, allowing the film to obtain the R rating instead of NC-17. The box is not present in the international version of the film, although in the American DVD release, both options are available.
The film earned $73,688 in its opening weekend in a mere four venues, ranking number 42 in the domestic box office. By the end of its run, on March 28, 2002, the film grossed $921,445 domestically and $397,500 overseas for a worldwide total of $1,318,945.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 53% of 89 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 5.6/10. On Metacritic, the film has a 50 out of 100 rating based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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