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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.
Roger EbertFull 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 PostFull 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 StoneFull 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 MagazineFull 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.
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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