Mature Buddies Leisurely “Land Ho!” in Iceland

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Land Ho!
Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn
in Land Ho!

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This film review was written by Evans Donnell.

Land Ho!
Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn
in Land Ho! / Photo by Andrew Reed

Ah, buddy movies – where barbs and bonding go together like chocolate and peanut butter. And when one clicks it’s worth going down to the movie theater for some chuckles and a knowing nod or two.

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Such is the case with Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz‘s Land Ho! This leisurely look at two mature friends on a trip to Iceland has a gentle flow with enough bite (and lovely scenery) to keep us entertainingly engaged throughout its 95 minutes.

Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson, Stephens’ second cousin and an Oculoplastic surgeon in real life) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn, whom Nashville Film Festival fans will remember for his award-winning role in This is Martin Bonner) are ex-brothers-in-law who’ve drifted apart. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can’t quite admit to being retired, drags a reluctant Colin to Iceland for the holiday he thinks both need to find their “mojo” again.

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Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman’s “The People vs Larry Flynt” among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (www.americantheatrecritics.org).