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The Alarmist (1997)
"Life During Wartime" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  16 October 1998 (USA)
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Young Tommy Hudler decides to become a security systems salesman, and is an instant success. Everything seems to be going great until he discovers there's more to this business and his boss... See full summary »

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Tommy Hudler
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Heinrich Grigoris
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Gale Ancona
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Sally
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April Brody
Ruth Miller ...
Mrs. Fielding
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Mr. Fielding
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Beth Hudler
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Bruce Hudler
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Andrew Hudler
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Skippy Hudler
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Young Tommy Hudler decides to become a security systems salesman, and is an instant success. Everything seems to be going great until he discovers there's more to this business and his boss Heinrich than he previously suspected. Written by Rob M. <rjtmel@hotmail.com>

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Don't be alarmed... they're professionals. See more »

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$7,787 (USA) (16 October 1998)

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$55,986 (USA) (13 November 1998)
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Disappointing and dull.
20 January 1999 | by (La Jolla, CA) – See all my reviews

I had looked forward to seeing this film after reading about it, especially given Stanley Tucci's involvement. The first half of the film is quirky and interesting in it's "Tin Men" like overview of the home security sales business. However, the second half of the film veers sharply into post-Tarantino plot devices, none of which are remotely interesting or innovative. By the end of the film (and it's pointless prologue), I was thoroughly bored and ready to leave. Tucci is OK as the slimy proprietor but Arquette's one-note performance grew tiresome. Kate Capshwaw, who looks absolutely gorgeous, is wasted but Ryan Reynolds is outstanding as her son. His scene with Arquette in which he described his attempt at lovemaking was worth the price of admission. In fact, I would have preferred to see a movie about his character rather than Arquette's.


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