A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Growing old doesn't have to mean growing stale. Also, friendships that run for decades can ground you when you need a ballast. Plus, changing your scenery can be a tonic.
Positive Role Models
Both Colin and Mitch are admirable in their own ways, though Colin is gentler and more respectful of women.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man objectifies women, talking about their body parts, including genitalia. Two people who just met end up kissing, and it's hinted that they spend the night together, though viewers don't see anything.
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Fairly colorful, including "piss," "crap," "damn," "hell," "s--t," "ass," and (minimally) "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Some labels are seen or mentioned, including Hummer, Facebook, and Lonely Planet.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking in bars and restaurants; one character drinks so much that she passes out. One character smokes pot, with increasing frequency as the film unfolds.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Land Ho! features some frank conversations between two 60-something men facing the twilight of their years. They discuss everything from retirement to sex to a bitter divorce and the death of a spouse. It's fairly weighty stuff that might not resonate with -- or, frankly, be of interest to -- younger teens. There's a fair amount of swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," and more. One character is sexist and doesn't hesitate to comment on women's clothing, body parts, etc. There's also a fair bit of drinking (once to the point of passing out) and some drug use (marijuana). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Land Ho! is no ordinary road trip buddy comedy. For starters, it's quieter than most, with a subtlety that envelopes it in a kind of beauty, casting the male friendship in an empathic and refreshingly heartfelt light. Though Mitch and Colin are drawn to be temperamental opposites, they share a history and warmth -- plus a healthy skepticism of what lies ahead -- that makes the movie oh-so-relatable.
And then there's Iceland itself, as much a character in the movie as the two leads. It's untamed, like Mitch; spare, like Colin; and stark, like aging. A side plot involving Mitch's niece and her friend feels like an interesting yet unnecessary interlude, but it's not enough to turn viewers off of a movie that's soulful, honest, and quietly moving.
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