Life During Wartime


Life During Wartime (1997)


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A pair of unethical burglar-alarm salesmen break into homes in order to scare up business.

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David Arquette
as Tommy Hudler
Stanley Tucci
as Heinrich Grigoris
Kate Capshaw
as Gale Ancona
Ryan Reynolds
as Howard Ancona
Tricia Vessey
as April Brody
Michael Learned
as Beth Hudler
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Critic Reviews for Life During Wartime

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

It's a film of small delights rather than a home run, and an encouraging first foray for Dunsky.

Mar 26, 2009
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Unable to decide where to go or what tone to adopt, it ends up treading water.

Jan 1, 2000

As a showcase for Tucci's comic skills, "The Alarmist" succeeds. We start the film feeling buoyed by his roosterlike energy and audacity, and we end it feeling let down by a script that can't quite decide what it wants to say.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Electric performances, the plot, and the cheerful guitar score by Christophe Beck, help make The Alarmist a fun and... well... "quirky" experience.

May 26, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Although not without its flaws, The Alarmist is an intriguing and often hilarious look at urban life in the late 1990's.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

First-time filmmaker Dunsky doesn't always know where to place his camera to maximize the edgy humor that lurks near the script's surface.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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