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60 Ratings

Land Ho!

Iceland, United States, 2014
Adventure, Comedy


A pair of ex-brothers-in-law set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites. This bawdy adventure is a throwback to 1980s road comedies, as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship.

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Land Ho! Directed by Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens
Shooting with the Red camera, Katz’s longtime cinematographer Andrew Reed fashions images of rough beauty. One of them—a startled, upward tilt when a geyser suddenly erupts—is the best visual joke in a movie where great timing—that of the actors and of Katz’s editing—not only belies the seeming casualness of the plot, but proves to be the source of immense pleasure onscreen and in life.
July 11, 2014
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Land Ho! functions pleasantly as a vehicle for these two actors, but its ambitions are transparently low-key, and a lot of the situational humor is broad enough that, with a few tweaks… there’s no reason that this movie wouldn’t make a good buck with the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel demographic. But Eenhoorn and Nelson’s specific temperaments are engaging enough that Land Ho!, whatever its shortcomings, always retains a sufficient measure of novelty.
July 11, 2014
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Land Ho! is both a small film and an unabashed wannabe crowd pleaser, but it’s also one whose subtle capturing of behavior and longing resonates with clarity that stays with you.
July 11, 2014
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