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The Best Two Years (2004)

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 »

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Scott S. Anderson
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Cast

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K.C. Clyde ... Elder John Rogers (as KC Clyde)
Kirby Heyborne ... Elder Hezekiah Calhoun
Cameron Hopkin ... Elder Steven Van Pelt
David Nibley ... Elder Emmit Johnson
Scott Christopher ... Kyle Harrison
Michael Flynn ... President Sandburg
Ineke den Hollander Ineke den Hollander ... Woman on Train
Jaime Anderson Jaime Anderson ... Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Andrea Anderson Andrea Anderson ... Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Alice Lonsdale Alice Lonsdale ... Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
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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 Rogers' girlfriend. As a result he is simply marking time until he returns home in a few weeks time. The three meet Elder Rogers' 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

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Every moment counts.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements

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Trivia

Scott S. Anderson (the director) used the Dutch members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (which is the religion the movie is centered around) as the extras in the film. These members welcomed the cast and crew into their homes with the same hospitality they extend to missionaries. See more »

Goofs

Many of Elder Van Pelt's grammatical corrections are incorrect. 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?
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Connections

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

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Never Lose Touch
Composed by Michael McLean
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Comedic Look at Growing Up.
25 February 2004 | by denquaidSee all my reviews

I've read the other reviews and I agree that when viewing this movie from the perspective of being native to the Netherlands it appears cliché. Don't feel bad though because the four Missionaries were composites of many Mormon clichés and stereotypes.

But this movie isn't about a country or region. It could have been in any number of the many countries Mormon Missionaries serve.

This movie is about personal growth and the experience that 60,000+ current missionaries and the hundreds of thousands who have came before.

I saw this movie the day it opened in St. George, Utah 9:35pm on a Friday night and it was almost sold out.

I thought the movie was hilarious and the room was full of laughter almost the whole way through.

In addition to teaching the Gospel, missions serve as a time of personal growth. You can see this clearly in three of the Missionaries. Growing in spirituality and maturity is often a bumpy ride, but there's a lot of fun along the way too.

I think that's the point of the movie. Christianity should bring people joy and happiness.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лучшие два года See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,436, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$1,163,450

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,163,450
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