Todd Solondz returns with the sequel to his disturbing masterpiece. In 1998, Happiness shocked audiences with a tale of pedophilia, puberty, masturbation, and altogether strange relationships.
Life During Wartime is nowhere near as good as it's predecessor and ultimately fails due to uninspired acting and lack of direction. Where Happiness succeeded at absolutely stunning the viewer, this movie ultimately fails. One reason being that Solondz decided to entirely recast for this film.
This is a pointless feature that only hampers the legacy of the original. Don't bother.
Life During Wartime is available on Blu Ray from the Criterion Collection.