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Todd Solondz Remains As Miserable As Ever

Life During Wartime trailer, you guys:

Poor Todd Solondz. What a grumpy old grumpus. This movie is being billed as a “sort of” sequel to Solondz’s 1998 movie, Happiness, and I suppose that makes sense, since it seems to take place about five minutes after Happiness ended, with the air still cloudy and rank with pedophile farts and the sweet decay of rotting dreams. You half expect Paul Reubens to lick a pocket knife as Weiner Dog walks by. You half expect Michael K. Williams (Omar coming! Omar coming!) to have a gratuitous sex scene with Selma Blair in a seedy hotel room. We are treading murky water here, Todd Solondz, although it somehow still looks very inviting.