Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Double crosses, adultery, murder, mistaken identity, and revenge ensue when a mysterious power player and his sultry wife hire a disgraced Los Angeles property broker to discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa.
A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Hospital Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with ex-Marines Sal and Mueller on a different type of mission: to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Written by
Richard Linklater wanted actors who could not only handle the film's dramatic elements but also that could add a humorous touch for the more light-hearted moments. See more »
Larry "Doc", Sal and Richard all being veteran Marines, they must know the Marine "Colonel Wilits" wearing a silver oak leaf rank insignia on his uniform should always be properly and fully addressed as "Lieutenant Colonel", instead shortened to just "Colonel". See more »
If you could just see yourself right now. You look like you just had a lobotomy. What's wrong with you?
[sitting on his barstool]
This is reality.
Reality? My ass. It's all made-up. Let me ask you this, huh, how many times on this show have you seen the cops arrest, you know, killers and-and rapists or something like that? How many times did they slap the cuffs on some crooked CEO fuck?
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The outstanding performances can't save this dull, long and pointless script
I would have given this film a 1 if it wasn't for the outstanding performances from Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell. I was struggling to stay awake for this 2+ hour dull, long and pointless melodrama that I question why it was classified also as a comedy. I didn't laugh or even smile once. For that matter, it wasn't even a war film. It's was strictly drama. Richard Linklater gets a 7 for his directing but a 2 for his screenplay. Had the pace been much faster and had some highs and lows to keep me interested, I would have enjoyed it more. But it's only a 5/10 from me and only due to the outstanding performances.
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