“Life During Wartime” is an upcoming dramedy from director Todd Solondz. There’s not much in this two-minute clip in the way of plot specifics, but there’s certainly some witty dialogue. The clip starts out on a high note — “Well, I see a man and he’s alone and he’s straight and that’s good enough for me.” — and kept me chuckling throughout.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis from IMDB:
“Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos.”
That synopsis adds a bit more depth to the clip, but, in all honesty, “Life During Wartime” doesn’t look like anything I’d break my back trying to see. But that’s just me. Human interest drama — or dramedy in this case — has never been among my favorite genres. Ironically enough, though, some of my all-time favorite films fall into that category; I had to be tied up and super glued to the chair to watch some of those too — “The Shawshank Redemption” included (okay, the superglue part is hyperbole, but I like being tied up anyway, so it was a win/win).
What am I trying to say then? Well, “Life During Wartime” looks like a charming little independent flick with an intriguing cast that includes Ally Sheedy, Ciaran Hinds (who will forever be Julius Caesar to me after HBO’s brilliant “Rome”) and Paul Reubens. Pee-wee Herman plus the freaky dandruff-art chick from “The Breakfast Club?” That combination alone easily justifies the price of a tube of superglue.
No definite U.S. release date for “Life During Wartime” has been set, but watch for it sometime this coming summer.
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