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The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an ... See full summary »

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Cheaver
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TK
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Scott Cheaver
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Stan Tilson
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Barbara Tilson
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Peter Tilson
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Bob
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Janet
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Kendra
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Brandi
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Tom Klinger
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The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S., with Colee on a mission to bring her boyfriend's guitar back to his family because he saved her life, TK seeking confidence to face his wife after a shrapnel injury that threatens his sexual function and middle-aged Cheever planning to hit the casinos in a desperate effort to pay for his son's college tuition. Written by anonymous

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Sometimes losing your way home means finding yourself See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

The Return  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$183,088 (USA) (26 September 2008)

Gross:

$183,088 (USA) (26 September 2008)
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Trivia

While all three of the main characters have been injured in Iraq, Cheever (played by Tim Robbins) is the only one not to have been injured in combat. He is also the only one leaving the army for good, as he says in the beginning of the film. See more »

Goofs

Cheaver could not use his whole $20,000 re-enlistment bonus for his son's tuition. The bonus would be given in increments and would be taxed. He would not get more than $10,000 of that initially, at least if he signed his re-enlistment while deployed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
T.K. Poole: The key is listening to the signals and hearing what they're saying. If she touches you soft, that's how she wants to be touched. You do that until you can hear her get wet. You gotta know women. I'm serious, the last time I went home, my girlfriend was so grateful she went right outside and started washing my car. Detailed it. Everything. Just to thank me.
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Honey wagon driver - Gary Suckahosee See more »

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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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Real Love
Written and Performed by Lucinda Williams
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o itself and Lucy Jones Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Gentleness That Rings True
30 January 2009 | by (Annapolis, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Three soldiers who have received non life threatening wounds in Iraq are together on a plane to New York. Two of them are on thirty day leaves while the other has served his time and is on his way home. Due to a power outage, all flights out of New York have been canceled. The three agree to rent a car together in order to continue the trip to their destinations. Thus begins a road trip that is highly dramatic with its share of comic events.

Fred Cheaver is the middle aged father figure of the three - a man who never really expected to do anything in the army except serve his domestic reserve duty. He is glad to be rid of the whole thing and is headed home to his wife and son. The two young soldiers who accompany Fred are Colee Dunn and T.K. Poole. Colee is a bright-eyed innocent who is on a mission for a fallen comrade who saved her life. T.K. is a no nonsense soldier from a family of soldiers who plans to make the army his career and move up the chain of command.

Whereas, Fred's quest is to return home to wife and son, Colee's and T.K.'s goals are to travel to Las Vegas for two entirely different reasons. Colee wants to return her dead comrade's treasured guitar to his family. T.K.'s reason is somewhat mysterious, but we know it is related in some way to his injury that has left him temporarily impotent.

As with all road trip films, the experiences and interactions of these three lead to conclusions not expected by them or the viewers.

Unlike most films featuring vets returning from the horrors of war, this film is not filled with dark angst - not to say the characters are not well-fleshed and genuine. These three are real people with real problems, but their depictions are not heavy-handed.

During this film, the viewer gets to enjoy the work of three excellent actors. Tim Robbins gives his usual fine, understated performance as the older man facing some totally unexpected twists of fate. Rachel McAdams gives Colee a likable innocence but also reveals some darker layers of her character. Michael Peña is very, very good as the macho guy with a heart who only wants to be a good soldier. Watching these three interact is a real treat.

Some may consider the treatment of the subject matter of this film too light handed, but it has a gentleness that rings true. It is surely worth watching.


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