There aren't a lot of movies more pitch-black or stranger than Todd Solondz's 1998 "Happiness." It was technically a comedy, even though it touched on very uncomedic themes, particularly pedophilia.

There aren't a lot of movies more pitch-black or stranger than Todd Solondz's 1998 "Happiness." It was technically a comedy, even though it touched on very uncomedic themes, particularly pedophilia.

But Solondz may have topped himself in strangeness with "Life During Wartime." It's a sequel to "Happiness." Set 10 years later. With an entirely different cast playing the same characters.

The cast is largely unknown, except for Allison Janney and an unforgettable appearance by Paul Reubens (in a role originated by Jon Lovitz).

"Wartime" is a bizarre and darkly comedic revisiting of the awkwardness "Happiness" reveled in. Watching the first movie is pretty much a requirement, as nearly all of the sequel is self-referencing the events of "Happiness."

If you enjoyed the first movie, this sequel is not to be missed.