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A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles 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.
Drama War - This is not the war movie that a lot of the advertising seems to
suggest but a fact-based drama focusing on the lives of soldiers
after they return home from war. Miles Teller and newcomer Beulah
Koale are the leads, with Haley Bennett being the most prominent
supporting player. Constant language, drug use, sexual content,
bloody violence, and dark adult subject matter make the film not for
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; 1 GD; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Graphic, bloody shootings and dogfights. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana, ecstasy, alcohol. ACTION: Some war combat. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Some PTSD movies (like First Blood) include a share of "rah rah” moments to satisfy certain elements of the audience. There's none of that here. Thank You for Your Service is straightforward drama and leaves an uneasy impression about how much more the recipients of that platitude are owed than what the government is giving them.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good I'll admit that I kept my arms folded for the first 30 minutes. Then something clicked for me—I don't recall exactly what—and suddenly I was entranced by how different it felt from the usual, and engrossed by the characters and their problems.
NY PostFull Review Above Average ...a thoughtful drama which sags when it tries to shoehorn its characters into by-the-numbers plot points. ...the film also edges dangerously close to conferring sainthood on Adam as he runs interference for his friend.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average seems too timid by half, crucially lacking in the outrage that should be its core value. ...the film has a connect-the-dots quality that works against the passionate performances of a first-rate cast.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 16 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male loved it.
ADULTS: Great Reviews! Five of the seven males loved it. One enjoyed it very much and one felt it was an "average" movie. Four of the eight ladies loved it, with two more rating it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. The last two felt it was an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
For Sergeant Adam Schumann (MILES TELLE)-and many soldiers like
him-the process of leaving combat back in Iraq was as seemingly simple as
getting on that plane. But standing on the tarmac again in the arms of loved
ones would turn out to be merely a first step in the long and exacting journey
of actually returning home.
Saskia Schumann (HALEY BENNETT), Adam's wife and mother of two, who vacillates between
compassion and frustration as she searches for the new normal; Will Waller (JOE
COLE), a warrior who made it through being "blown up seven times in one
deployment," only to return to a broken existence; Tausolo Aeiti (BEULAH KOALE), now dealing with the aftermath of the
bomb explosion that left him with a traumatic brain injury, hero status and
nightmares of the one soldier he couldn't save; Amanda Doster (AMY SCHUMER), haunted by unanswered questions and the loss of a husband just
days shy of scheduled leave; and Michael
Emory (SCOTT HAZE), who survived a sniper's bullet in the brain to fight his way back to
speaking, walking and savoring life.