Storytelling by Tood Solondz  FEB 23 2002

Storytelling, the latest from Todd Solondz (who brought us Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse) is a movie in the same vein as his previous two films, as well as films like American Beauty and Rushmore, and even similar to Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. The characters in these works are all dysfunctional from the point of view of mainstream America, even though they are all arguably a part of that mainstream. And even though the characters in these films are all performing these weirdly depraved acts (with Happiness on the depraved end of things and Rushmore more on the weird end), it seems more human to me than some rah-rah patriotic war film with Mel Gibson or Denzel's latest recycled plot.

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