Land Ho! ★★½

It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly “getting your groove back” movies became their own cinematic subgenre, but it’s easy to understand why filmmakers have become so fond of narratives about people shaking out of their stupors and rediscovering their zest for life. It’s the cleanest arc imaginable—the world is an incredible place, and it’s easy enough to re-open someone’s eyes to that, particularly if you can roll credits before the subject has time to come back down to earth and grow tired of their new perspective. (American Beauty, whatever its faults, has the good sense to cap Lester Burnham’s reawakening with a bloody exclamation point instead of an ellipsis.)

Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz’s fitfully fun Land Ho! preaches that same old sermon—“You’re never too old to live in the moment”—in the shape of a picaresque road trip. Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) are 60-something ex-brothers-in-law who, after a brief dinnertime discussion in which the former registers his disappointment about the size of Meg Ryan’s breasts, abruptly head off to Iceland for a revitalizing getaway.

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