From Todd Solondz, the critically acclaimed director of Welcome to the Dollhouse comes a film comprised of two separate stories set against the sadly comical terrain of college and high school, past and present. Following the paths of its young hopeful/troubled characters, it explores issues of sex, race, celebrity and exploitation. —New Line Home Video
Solondz’s first color film with sync sound was the short “Schatt’s Last Shot” (1985). Solondz played a high schooler who wants to get into Stanford, but cannot because his sadistic gym teacher fails him. He also has no luck seducing the girl he desires. It was a student film, and is still screened at NYU, where Solondz made it.
Solondz’s first feature was Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989), a piece about a writer (Solondz) writing a play and sending it to Samuel Beckett.
Solondz found great critical acclaim with his second feature, Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), a film about the cruelty of junior high school, parents, adult figures, and suburban life. The film won awards at Sundance, Berlin, and countless other festivals for its cruel realism, bitter humor, and unflinching portrayal of adolescence.
His third feature effort, Happiness (1998), was a wildly edgy and provocative film. The film revolves around a group of people who are miserable in their conventional… read more
Again, haunting stories of real life. Losers, loners, little tyrants and dining/interrogation rooms. The soundtrack is perfect, from the exciting house music from late 90's, coloring things up in the suburbs, to the sad B&S songs that remind us of fucked up lonely teenage time. This one is not less provocative, it's just not so obvious.
The first 25 minutes of the film on their own are nothing short of masterful and amongst Solondz's best in terms of relevance as well as his writing/directing craft. Honest, raw, unflinching. Haunting. Selma Blair's performance helps it all out. Goddammit - who knew she was capable of this?!