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This is Not a Test
This is Not a Test
Actors: Hill Harper, Robinne Lee, Tom Arnold, David Ackert, Steven Allerick
Director: Chris Angel
Genres: Comedy, Drama
UR     2009     1hr 29min

Paranoid that terrorists will unleash a nuclear attack on Los Angeles, Carl (Hill Harper) gets caught up in a web of frantic, overzealous preparation that puts a cold-war freeze on his relationship with his beautiful wife,...  more »


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Actors: Hill Harper, Robinne Lee, Tom Arnold, David Ackert, Steven Allerick
Director: Chris Angel
Creators: Hill Harper, Robinne Lee, Charles Swanson, Chris Angel, Eric Hayes, Ryan Westheimer
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/20/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Funny and touching
M. Perry | 11/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this! I wasn't sure what to expect from an indie film on this subject, but it was really well done - and funny. And even touching. I hope people will check it out."
An enjoyable look at how our fears are what drive us crazy
Bosoxen2004 | Sunny California | 12/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""This is Not A Test" is a cute story about how crazy modern society can drive anyone a little bit crazy. Tom Arnold (as himself) plays a wonderful role as a citizen of LA who isn't quite sure how to cope with the fear of the unknown. And Hill Harper (CSI:NY) is so desperate to protect the family that he loves that he joins Arnold in his strange quest.

Deep down, it's a redeeming story about love in the nuclear age. It's a reminder that, no matter what happens, love will survive. You won't be disappointed."
Jenny | New York, NY | 02/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A wonderful and very funny film by the brilliant Chris Angel. Tom Arnold is hilarious. Hill Harper and Robinne Lee simply shine. A must-see for Tom Arnold, Hill Harper and Robinne Lee fans. Also a must-see for anyone who is looking for a smart, funny film. Absolutely delightful."
Warm, thoughtful and funny. Well worth seeing.
Fred C. | Minneapolis, MN | 02/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"We need more movies like this. Please support this film. This is true independent cinema, not the stuff at Sundance, which has become a de facto studio flea market. The writer-director of This Is Not a Test financed this movie partly out of his own pocket, hustled to get the cast and crew, and did the legwork on his own to find distribution. He earned it all, and rightly so - this story merits being seen.
Remember in the days shortly after 9/11 when they were saying irony was dead? That obviously didn't happened. There seems to be more cynicism than ever. The sincerity and thoughtfulness of This Is Not a Test is a real breath of fresh air. Writer-director Chris Angel tackles the pervasiveness of fear in our everyday lives with wit and humor, but though the main character's fear is the very end of the world, Angel rarely resorts to easy and obvious black humor. In fact, he has a refreshingly light touch and focuses more on the characters. He gets terrific performances out of lead actor Hill Harper, who gets to show a side of himself fans of CSI: New York will want to see more of; and he also draws out a performance from Tom Arnold that will remind people that the guy nearly stole True Lies right out from under Arnold Schwarzenegger and all those explosions!
This is the kind of movie where at the end you will find yourself wondering why Hollywood doesn't make more like them. Well, if you support filmmakers like Mr. Angel, maybe they will.

(In the interest of full disclosure: yes, I do know Chris Angel; no, I did not work on the movie; and yes, I stand by my review - this is a quality piece of work that compares favorably to 99% of the stuff that is released into movie theaters every weekend.)"