In his latest bulletin from the New Jersey school of existential nausea — actually, two unrelated tales linked as ”Fiction” and ”Non-Fiction” — filmmaker Todd Solondz reveals how much he cares what others think of him, daring a visitor to come up with any criticism he himself can’t put forth first. And the cleverness undermines an otherwise fascinating worldview, even while a strong cast — including Selma Blair, Robert Wisdom, Paul Giamatti, and Mark Webber — works hard in service to Solondz’s bleak vision of suburban misery. B-
Genre: Comedy, Drama; Starring: 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; Author: Todd Solondz; Release Date Limited: 01/25/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 87; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: New Line Cinema
Posted February 22 2002 — 12:00 AM EST
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