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A pair of unethical burglar-alarm salesmen break into homes in order to scare up business.
It's a film of small delights rather than a home run, and an encouraging first foray for Dunsky.
Electric performances, the plot, and the cheerful guitar score by Christophe Beck, help make The Alarmist a fun and... well... "quirky" experience.
As a showcase for Tucci's comic skills, "The Alarmist" succeeds. We start the film feeling buoyed by his roosterlike energy and audacity, and we end it feeling let down by a script that can't quite decide what it wants to say.
Although not without its flaws, The Alarmist is an intriguing and often hilarious look at urban life in the late 1990's.
Unable to decide where to go or what tone to adopt, it ends up treading water.
First-time filmmaker Dunsky doesn't always know where to place his camera to maximize the edgy humor that lurks near the script's surface.
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