MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,096 this week

The Best Two Years (2004)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 February 2004 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 851 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 8 critic

Two pairs of Mormon missionaries from America live in a beaten-up apartment in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Their personalities are distinctly different. Appropriately, the most responsible ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 637 titles
created 24 Dec 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
 
a list of 160 titles
created 21 Feb 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 02 Aug 2013
 
a list of 647 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Best Two Years (2004)

The Best Two Years (2004) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Best Two Years.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sons of Provo (2004)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Will, Kirby, and Danny are the hottest new sensation in Mormon pop music! Will is an aerobics instructor, Danny is a student of eastern philosophy, and Kirby is a scrapbooking specialist. ... See full summary »

Director: Will Swenson
Stars: Will Swenson, Kirby Heyborne, Danny Tarasevich
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

By listening to and following his heart, Ephraim Hanks finds his way in life and eventually provides relief and rescue to the suffering Martin Handcart Company. Based on a true story.

Director: T.C. Christensen
Stars: Darin Southam, Richard Benedict, James Gaisford
Charly (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sam Roberts thinks he has all the answers: the purpose of life, the meaning of love, the plan for a perfect future. Until Charly walks into his life.

Director: Adam Thomas Anderegg
Stars: Jeremy Hoop, Randy King, Heather Beers
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Stocky Greg's passion is football, and he rounds up his family from their respective church meetings and rushes home just in time to make the kick-off of the Sunday afternoon Vikings game. ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Hale
Stars: Danny Allen, Jim Bennett, Jeff Birk
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The lives of a street preacher, an aspiring actress, a Mormon missionary, and a young gang banger intersect in this ensemble drama set in present-day Santa Monica, California.

Director: Richard Dutcher
Stars: Ignacio Serricchio, Lucas Fleischer, Lamont Stephens
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When Jonathan Jordan gets divorced he's thrust back into the world of being a single Mormon - a world who's ultimate goal is eternal marriage. Struggling to fit in, Jonathan decides to stop... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Hale
Stars: Will Swenson, Connie Young, Daryn Tufts
Inspired Guns (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mormon Missionaries begin teaching two birdbrained members of the mafia who think the Elders are messengers from "The Boss" with a hidden message on the next hit.

Director: Adam White
Stars: Shona Kay, Alix Maria Taulbee, Anson Bagley
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Kirk Redgrave and Flint Weaver met only three weeks ago. But that hasn't stopped them from becoming the greatest pirates the Great Salt Lake has ever known. Still, pirate life isn't all ... See full summary »

Director: E.R. Nelson
Stars: Kirby Heyborne, Trenton James, Larry Bagby
17 Miracles (2011)
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death... See full synopsis »

Director: T.C. Christensen
Stars: Jasen Wade, Emily Wadley, Jason Celaya
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Recently moved to upstate New York from the comfort of their Vermont homestead, the Benjamin Steed family makes their way into the established social structure of Palmyra. In their attempt ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Holt
Stars: Sam Hennings, Eric Johnson, Alexander Carroll
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two missionaries are kidnapped and held for ransom while serving in Russia.

Director: Garrett Batty
Stars: Corbin Allred, Maclain Nelson, Nikita Bogolyubov
The Mormon (1912)
Drama | Short | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the early days of the West it was customary for the Mormons to attack wagon trains, in order to secure new wives in the practice of their polygamous belief. The young son of the Mormon ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: J. Warren Kerrigan, Pauline Bush
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Elder John Rogers (as KC Clyde)
...
Elder Hezekiah Calhoun
...
Elder Steven Van Pelt
...
Elder Emmit Johnson
...
Kyle Harrison
...
President Sandburg
Ineke den Hollander ...
Woman on Train
Jaime Anderson ...
Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Andrea Anderson ...
Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Alice Lonsdale ...
Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Edit

Storyline

Two pairs of Mormon missionaries from America live in a beaten-up apartment in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Their personalities are distinctly different. Appropriately, the most responsible one, Elder Johnson, is the District Leader and oversees their efforts. His companion, the vain Elder Van Pelt, seeks to become the assistant to the mission president (the top post available) as soon as possible, and he receives letters from three girlfriends he left behind. The capable Elder Rogers has become disillusioned and inattentive to his duties ever since a previous missionary companion returned to America, looked up and married Elder Roger's girlfriend. As a result he is simply marking time until he returns home in a few weeks time. The three meet Elder Roger's new companion, Elder Calhoun, in the train station. This new elder is a nerdy but enthusiastic "greenie" that has just arrived from the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Utah. Unfortunately his training did not give him much fluency... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every moment counts.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$92,436 (USA) (20 February 2004)

Gross:

$1,163,450 (USA) (15 October 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Elder Rogers pulls the Book of Mormon from the trash can the title clearly says "Das Buch Mormon", which is German. When he later returns the book to Elder Calhoun the title is written in Dutch. See more »

Quotes

Elder Steven Van Pelt: Get lost?
Elder John Rogers: How'd you mean that? As in, did I? Or you'd like me to?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in It's Latter-Day Night! Live Comedy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't You Know
Composed by Michael McLean
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Every moment counts.
19 October 2004 | by (Bookseller of the Blue Ridge) – See all my reviews

Let me be the first to say that I am not a Mormon, but I found this film entertaining and informative. While The Best Two Years followed the classic Hollywood structure, it did it in such a way that built solid characters, helped progress the plot, and brought Mormonism into the spotlight without being cheap or abrupt. By this I mean this was a very solid movie. I wasn't expecting this when I first began my Mormon adventure through Holland, but by the final credits rolled I was impressed. I was educated more about the structure of the Mormon Mission in this film than any book could have taught me. I witnessed a true building of beliefs and the effects that religion has on those that are willing to accept it. I witnessed people being people and living their dreams. It was amazing, and this film only pushed me into seeing more about the Mormon faith in film.

I would like to comment first that I never realized the 'business' of being a Mormon and doing one of these missions. From what I gathered from this film, they document everything and constantly need to report into a higher authority (outside of God) on how well they are progressing. I realize that there is some level of accountability that needs to be in place for those paying for these men to live in Holland, but I never realized it was similar to a business that you and I shop in daily. There are goals, rewards, and a never-ending struggle to completely satisfy everyone that you come in contact with. This was surprising for me to witness, but also helpful with setting the stage as to the strengths of our characters.

Outside of this 'business' aspect, this was an amazing tale of forgiveness and dedication. I stated before that this was a solid film and a good portion of this is due in part to the reality of the characters. Each of these different men went (or are going through) situations that are not uncommon in our lives. We have all experienced the loss of a loved one to another person, we all have felt dismayed and confused about the path of life, and we have all had to deal with that new person that eventually becomes that friend you never want to let go. Add to this mix an overwhelming feeling of being in a completely different (yet beautiful) country and you have a majority of the emotions, themes, and elements used in this film. While the overall story deals around a Mormon religion, it isn't strange to begin feeling a sense of excitement for your own religion, whatever it may be. This isn't an in your face film that makes you think about becoming Mormon, but instead an opportunity (using Mormon as its foundation) for you, the viewer, to explore your options with God and your religion. If you see it as a Mormon film, and only a Mormon film, you will never see the truth behind this film. This is a film about people and the lives that we lead.

Not only did we have amazing characters and some very powerful themes, but also added to this enormous soup bowl of goodness is some of the most beautiful scenery that I have ever seen. I had never considered visiting Holland before until after I watched this film. Director Scott S. Anderson does a superb job of taking us deep into Holland and showing us the beauty that surrounds it. It only accentuates the beauty of the story that we witness in this film. He also has perfect comic timing for a director. His guidance for these characters was directly on target. I never once felt that I was watching a made-for-TV movie, but instead a film that is drenched in personal emotion. You could tell that Anderson believed in not only the film, but also his religion and experiences. This is a semi-true story based around the life that Anderson led while away on one of these missions.

So, he ensures that there is not any absurd stories or actions that distract us from the main focus.

Overall, I must say I was genuinely impressed. I was not expecting anything from this film when I first begin it, but by the end I kind of wanted to watch it again. To fully enjoy this film you must realize that it is a Mormon film and if you do not perceive it as Mormon propaganda then it will impress you two. It is engulfed in the world of humans and the emotions that we face on a daily basis. It also gives us the perfect opportunity to see how one person (Kyle Harrison) can change the course of several.

Grade: **** out of *****


14 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
oh my gosh!! star_hottie
George Lucas syndrome shaftbond
Song in trailer timandamy95
Mission Rules? Pink_Bunkadoo
About the Missionaries StarlightNova
Quotes iloveorlandoseale
Discuss The Best Two Years (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?