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Film review: ‘Land Ho!’

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Land Ho! opens in theaters on Friday.

Three stars

Land Ho! Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul Eenhoorn, Karrie Crouse. Directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz. Rated R. Opens Friday.

After individually making a number of contemplative indie dramas, filmmakers Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz have teamed up for the more lighthearted Land Ho!, a ramshackle travelogue about two senior citizens taking a vacation to Iceland. The outspoken, often lecherous Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and the introspective, reserved Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) are old friends and former brothers-in-law both looking to brighten their lives after personal setbacks. So they hop a plane to Iceland, where they see some sights, chat with other tourists and bicker lovingly with one another, as people who’ve known each other for decades do. Nothing much happens in Land Ho!, which is sometimes charming and sometimes frustrating, as is the dynamic between the lead characters. Their interactions can be awkwardly funny, or just plain awkward, but in the end it’s nice to have spent 90 minutes hanging out with them and looking at some beautiful scenery.

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