Life During Wartime (1997)

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A pair of unethical burglar-alarm salesmen break into homes in order to scare up business.
Rating:
R (sex, violence)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Written By:
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Runtime:
Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Ryan Reynolds
as Howard Ancona
David Arquette
as Tommy Hudler
Michael Learned
as Beth Hudler
Stanley Tucci
as Heinrich Grigoris
Kate Capshaw
as Gale Ancona
Tricia Vessey
as April Brody
Hoke Howell
as Mr. Fielding
David Brisbin
as Det. Flinkman
Eric Zivot
as Shelly
Louis Arquette
as Bruce 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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Life During Wartime

Good movie, good plot, excellent cast. As sad as this may sound, as funny as the movie can be, it is also serious. Someone who installs a security system of some sort may actually break into your house or car.

Jennifer M
Jennifer M

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