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Box office: $921,445
The Todd Solondz film starring Selma Blair, John Goodman and Paul Giamatti is in two parts, one titled "Fiction" and the other "Non-Fiction." The former features Blair and centers on a college creative writing teacher who has affairs with his students. The latter deals with a high school student and his family as he applies for college. A scene involving Blair, above, and actor Robert Wisdom was initially considered too violent. Defenders of the MPAA noted that the number of thrusts was the decisive factor; critics asserted that the raters may have influenced by the fact that the sex was taking place between an older black man and a young white woman.
As it turned out, Solondz had a clause in his contract that allowed him to release the movie with the scene intact, providing enough black bars were placed over the anatomy to allow the revised film to receive an R.