Land Ho! movie poster

A pair of ex brothers-­in­-law from the Bluegrass State (hushful Paul Eenhoorn and blustery Foghorn Leghorn proxy, Earl Lynn Nelson) are set adrift on a garrulous, first­class Shirley Valentine cruise to Iceland. Sony Pictures Classics harpooned this understated, sprinkled-with-sugar two­-character travel yarn after its debut at Sundance. David Gordon Green acts as executive producer and given the writer­-director’s flair for gothic coming-­of­-age tales, one can only imagine how much more formally contemplative things might have been had he assumed control of the reins. (A giggly song and dance interlude could have been lifted from any number of Sandra Bullock films.) Instead, Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz take credit for the closeups, disconcerting zooms, and wasted pans. A great deal of one’s appreciation of their American-Icelandic excursion hinges on a tolerance for cute and whether or not you find humor in the strenuously mismatched old birds. 2014.

Scott Marks

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