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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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Cast

Cast overview:
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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,163,450, 17 October 2004
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Color
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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?
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Referenced in It's Latter-Day Night! Live Comedy (2003) See more »

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2nd best LDS film ever (so far)
6 March 2004 | by FilmLover-4See all my reviews

The real difference in LDS Films seems to be two things:

1. Acting. Many LDS films have had poor acting. This film had superb acting. My wife and I were shocked at how good the acting was. We kept waiting for sophomoric acting, and only saw minor glimpses of it a couple times. What a treat!

2. Budget for marketing. It seems at least 1/3 to 1/2 the money raised for these low-cost films has to go towards marketing. Not sure this one did that, but hopefully word-of-mouth will spread and build up a decent return for the investors/makers.

I think this film surpasses God's Army because the acting was much more consistent. Many will not agree with me. I still place "Charly" as the #1 LDS film because it had romance (a theme all of these need more of; and not the cynicsim the often have) and a knock-out performance by the title lead, Beery (is that her name?). The actor playing Sam was not as strong, but he held his own most of the time.

Kudos to an unexpectedly good film with "The Two Best Year" just when many people were about to give up on LDS film after the abysmal BoM movie and Pride & Prejudice, which has simply horrible acting.


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