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  • Paul Eenhoorn & Earl Lynn Nelson Get Their Groove Back in LAND HO! Trailer

    By | May 22, 2014

    Land Ho

    When Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) is invited to travel in tandem with his ex-brother-in-law, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson), on a road trip across Iceland, he is justifiably apprehensive. No longer married to the sisters who once connected them, Colin and Mitch are technically not related. Colin, a mild-mannered and reserved Australian-American, seems to be a bit intimidated by Mitch’s overweeningly brash demeanor. Maybe they cannot stand each other, but now that the aging men have grown sad and lonely (both men are currently single), they are grasping at straws for friends. Colin and Mitch have each seen their dream careers take undesired turns with age; they are in dire need of an escape from their monotonous lives in order to get their groove back.

    By no means another Grumpy Old Men rehash, Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz’s Land Ho! is presented with the utmost level of realism, relishing in the everyday moments of these two average men who are presumably being played by variations of the actors themselves, Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson. Coming from these two young writer-directors, Land Ho! is a surprisingly contemplative meditation on the social concerns of seniors, specifically in relation to aging and marginalization. As if Land Ho! is psychological experiment masterminded by Stephens and Katz, Eenhoorn and Nelson are placed in a variety of situations as the camera unobtrusively observes whatever happens, allowing them to interact directly with their natural surroundings, which often prompts the two aging gents to react with childish glee.

    As a huge fan of Martha Stephens (Pilgrim Song, Passenger Pigeons) and Aaron Katz’s (Cold Weather, Quiet City) past projects, it was no surprise to me that I fell head over heels in love with Land Ho! at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (Check out my 9 out of 10 review!) What really did surprise me, however, was just how goddamn freaking funny this film is. Eenhoorn is certainly no slouch when it comes to humor, but whenever our attention is turned towards Nelson we can always expect sidesplittingly hilarious comedic gusto. Nelson is a sixtysomething man with a knack for politically incorrect, lewd and raunchy humor, but there is absolutely no denying that this man does not have a mean-spirited bone in his body.

    Everyone — and I mean EVERYONE — needs to see Land Ho! when it is released by Sony Pictures Classics on July 11th.

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