Rated R · 98 minutes · 2010

Comedy drama
Todd Solondz’ Life During Wartime is a jolting affair, provided you’ve never seen a Todd Solondz movie before. If you’re familiar his 1998 ensemble drama Happiness, you’ll notice that he’s both revisiting and muting the provocative nature of that story. Although Wartime has multiple storylines, the thickest thread involves a family trying to emotionally move past a pedophile in its midst. Wartime doesn’t seem terribly realistic, nor does it draw you in with its character development. It’s ultimately cold, flat and a little full of itself, especially if you’re grounded in the filmmaker’s previous work.

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Director: Todd Solondz
Producer: Christine Walker, Derrick Tseng, Elizabeth Redleaf and Mike S. Ryan
Cast: Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Allison Janney, Michael Lerner, Chris Marquette, Rich Pecci, Charlotte Rampling, Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy, Dylan Snyder, Renee Taylor, Michael Williams and Gaby Hoffmann


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East Bay Express Porn (Middle Men) or Pills (Life During Wartime)? Whatever gets you through the night. by Kelly Vance 08/04/2010
Boise Weekly In Love and Life During Wartime Todd Solondz's second tale of dysfunction. by Lizzy Duffy 07/27/2011
Charleston City Paper Todd Solondz revisits old characters in Life During Wartime During the first five minutes of Todd Solondz's Happiness, Jon Lovitz's character Andy hurls a minute-long verbal assault at his ex-girlfriend Joy (played by Jane Adams). "I'm champagne, and you're shit!" are but a few of his parting words before the film's title card pops up against a black background. by Kevin Young 08/18/2010
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Portland Mercury Wartime Rations Life During Wartime: Todd Solondz is back, and he hates you as much as ever. by Zac Pennington 08/26/2010
Chicago Reader Six Characters in Search of an Actor In wresting his returning characters out of the clutches of the talent, Todd Solondz robs them of depth. by J.R. Jones 08/05/2010

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