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At Theaters: 11/3/2017 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601091
Studio: Lions Gate Films
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In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with former Marines Sal and Richard Mueller on a different type of mission: to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo a burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.
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Drama
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Bryan Cranston WHY HIM?, THE INFILTRATOR, TRUMBO, GODZILLA, ARGO
Laurence Fishburne PASSENGERS, THE SIGNAL, RIDE ALONG, MAN OF STEEL
Steve Carell BATTLE OF THE SEXES, DESPICABLE ME 3, CAFE SOCIETY
Wri/Dir: Richard Linklater BEFORE MIDNIGHT
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good ...this is another solid dramedy from one of our best working filmmakers. "Last Flag Flying” is far more interesting when it gets philosophical. There's an interesting undercurrent of faith at play in this story...

NY Post Full Review
Good ... it's a gloomy premise for a road-trip movie, but life-affirming, too. Like an Irish wake, the tone is somber, morbid and funny. No one can instantly command an audience's sympathy like Steve Carell can.

Rolling Stone Full Review
Good Linklater can't protect them from all the script's potholes, including sentiment, contrivance and a galling mixed-message ending. But spending time in the company of Carell, Cranston and Fishburne? That's truly is a pleasure.

Slant Magazine Full Review
Good Last Flag Flying is colored by how time reshapes our sense of self, embracing some memories while occluding others, and it ingeniously folds us into a similar state of reflection and uncertainty about previous eras of false optimism about national values.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
In 2003, three decades after a tour of duty in Vietnam, soft-spoken New Hampshire family man Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) surprises alcoholic former Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) when he shows up at his bar in Norfolk, Virginia. Together they visit their formerly wild comrade-in-arms Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) at the church where he now serves as pastor. Soon after, Doc reveals that his son, a Marine, has been killed in Iraq. He asks his two friends to accompany him on a road trip to attend the young man's burial at Arlington Cemetery.

When the vets arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the remains have been sent, they meet the young Marine's best friend, Lance Corporal Charlie Washington (J. Quinton Johnson), who casts doubt on the official story of how Larry Jr. died. Stunned by the news, Doc decides to bury his son near the family home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Accompanied by Washington, the three vets escort the casket on a north-bound train, debating the existence of God, reminiscing about their tour of duty in Vietnam and revealing a dark secret that still haunt each of them. After a stopover in New York City, the men visit the mother of a fallen comrade in Boston, then proceed to Doc's hometown, where Sal and Mueller don their dress blues as Doc says goodbye to his son for the last time.

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