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Video: Young-at-heart retirees party in Iceland in 'Land Ho!' clip


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.”


Sundance 2014: The alarmingly different, utterly charming personalities of 'Land Ho!'

Road trip movies (and road trips in general) live and die by the likability of the travel companions. Writing and directing team Martha Stephens (Pilgrim Song) and Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) knew that, of course. Their film Land Ho! reunites a pair of 70-something ex-brother-in-laws for a trip around Iceland.

“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 and stuff that’s really fun, but we also wanted to incorporate the way that we made movies,” said Stephens.

Cast chemistry is key for a film of this nature. But for a small production, sometimes there just aren’t the resources to get the leads in the same room before shooting begins. A scary thought for any production, but on Land Ho! one of the main cast members was also a non-actor.


Sony Pictures Classics nabs worldwide rights to 'Land Ho!'

Road trip comedy Land Ho! will be coming to a theater near you sometime this year. Sony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide rights to the movie this morning after its Sunday premiere at Sundance. In the film, two retirees (played by Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson) jet off to Iceland to experience a crazy trip as an attempt to feel young again. Directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, Land Ho! is the first movie to be financed by Gamechanger, a new fund specifically made to finance films directed and co-directed by women.

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