The Best Two Years
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The Best Two Years
The Best Two Years tells the story of four missionaries who share an apartment in Amsterdam, Holland. Elder Rogers (KC Clyde) has only a couple of months to go on his mission, but his testimony and zeal for missionary work has suffered from hardships he experienced in letters from home. He is now only serving out his time with as little effort as possible when he is given a "greenie" from Oklahoma as a junior companion. Elder Calhoun (Kirby Heyborne) has the enthusiasm, innocence and naiveté of a new missionary, and the relationship between the two creates some very funny moments.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Amiably amusing."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"There's not much to this movie."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"The film is excellent and very informative to non-Mormons. I worked with several in the past and always wondered about this two-year voluntary mission. Its great!"
‑ Vince Koehler, Entertainment Spectrum
"Earnest but bland depiction of Mormon missionaries as normal guys, even if they do live within the drug-, alcohol- and sex-free context of an old TV series."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"If you see one Mormon movie in your life (and really, to expose yourself to a different point of view, you ought to see one), this is the one to see."
‑ Christopher Null,
"[Anderson] handles the frat-house humor more convincingly than he does the conversion scenes, which are so serious and emotional that they seem to come from a different movie."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"After seeing The Best Two Years, you might want to stop by a construction site to see which is more interesting, this movie or watching paint dry."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"An earnest and impressively polished attempt at providing an inside look at the experiences of full-time Mormon missionaries."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"The value of The Best Two Years is its wholesome, sometimes humorous view, of missionary life."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"There is enough humanistic truth here, though, to fascinate and entertain non-believers."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The experiences of these young men probably would resonate with anyone who has undergone similar trials, but I saw few themes that would resonate with a larger audience."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"To its credit, The Best Two Years shows a refreshing willingness to acknowledge the foibles and possible problems with some Mormon missionary practices."
‑ Ron Reed, Christianity Today
"Anderson's effort should be easily accessible to non-Mormons because it's genuinely funny and sanctimony-free and features uniformly fine performances."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Sets an example for future religious films. It's able to get its point and purpose across in a way that's both entertaining and doesn't alienate the broader audience."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Mormons will undoubtedly find many in-jokes the rest of us will miss, but for those not in the church, it's an interesting look at an unfamiliar lifestyle"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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