A pair of ex-brothers-in-law set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites. This bawdy adventure is a throwback to 1980s road trip comedies, as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship.Written by
Actor, Earl Lynn Nelson and the co-director of Land Ho!, Martha Stephens, are cousins in real life. See more »
When Mitch and Colin arrive at the hot spring near the end, they walk over a small arched bridge, past some women who smile at them. Mitch is wearing sandals, and Colin is barefoot. But when they get to the water and drop their robes, Colin kicks off a pair of flip-flops that suddenly appeared on his feet. See more »
In a Big Country
Written by Stuart Adamson (PRS)/Mark Brzezicki (PRS)/ Tony Butler (PRS)/Bruce William Watson (PRS) Performed by Big Country
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Published by BMG Platinum Songs (BMI) o/b/o
BMG 10 Music Limited (PRS)/Big Country Music Ltd (PRS)
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What do you do when you're Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die?
I took the title of this review from the 1976 Jethro Tull album, which is an appropriate time period for this movie because Mitch and Collin, the two main characters in this movie, appear to be either pushing 70 or in their 70s like many boomers. Mitch was a doctor. Collin was a bank manager. Neither is working any longer. Both are now divorced. And alone. The two were married to a pair of sisters, which makes them ex-brothers-in-law but more important, old friends. It's giving nothing away to tell you that the movie spends five minutes in Kentucky and the rest of the time in Iceland.
This is a road trip movie that follows a set pattern. It starts sort of rocky, gets into a swing, there's a trumped up moment that drives the characters apart, then there's resolution. It seems like every road trip movie is written this way. Only the surprises differ. In this movie, there's a third main character that never speaks. It's the incredible geography of Iceland, which Mitch and Collin explore throughout the movie.
This is an enjoyable film, which looks lightly at some of the issues associated with growing older that many baby boomers just like Mitch and Collin face today. See the world through Mitch's and Collin's eyes and you'll feel a bit better about the journey. Better yet, buy two first-class tickets to Iceland like they did.
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