Just because you’ve hit retirement age doesn’t mean you can’t still have adventures. In the utterly charming Land Ho!, two ex-brothers-in-law decide to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Iceland—and, of course, in the vein of all the classic buddy comedies, they’re polar opposites.
Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) is a soft-spoken man still reeling from a recent loss while Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) is a bawdy, larger-than-life character who’s always ready for a good time, whether it’s bathing in a glacial spa or partying in a Reykjavik nightclub. “We wanted to make a comedy that was sort of an ode to comedies that we loved growing up, like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Uncle Buck,” co-director Martha Stephens told EW after the film’s premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Though both characters are nearing retirement, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the movie is just about age. “What’s happened to us also happens to every age group. You have a person who dies. You get fired from your job, you get divorced, you have financial problems. Hell, I’m 71 years old and I’m not ashamed of that,” Nelson (Stephens’ cousin) added. Land Ho!, he said, is “much more than two old farts having to be put out to pasture.”