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Joe Dante United States, 1998

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Small Soldiers

While not hugely compelling as a family blockbuster, Small Soldiers nonetheless works best as an illustration of Dante's particular form of "termite art." Like his masterpiece Gremlins 2, the approach is to parody the kind of merchandise culture that its producers were hoping to cash-in on; subverting the narrative in order to attack corporate politics & the cynical way war & violence are marketed to young audiences.