like tom green’s work, todd solondz certainly isn’t for everyone. his work is purposely taboo, but is always funny rather than merely shocking. this film consists of two major sets of characters – one entitled “fiction” and one “non-fiction.” the first revolves around a college writing class and the second around a family which is the subject of a documentary.
solondz is sorta like douglas sirk. sirk’s films would slowly peel away the outside layers of americana to reveal the seedy underbelly of society. solondz dives straight into revealing his view of our sordid society. his method of social commentary is far more straight-forward, biting, sarcastic and humorous than sirk’s. this film is solondz’s weakest of the three i’ve seen. that said, it’s still a funny film.