The Best Two Years (2004)



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K.C. Clyde, Kirby Heybourne and Cameron Hopkin star in this comedy that follows two sets of Mormon missionaries from America and their efforts in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Directed by Scott S. Anderson.
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K.C. Clyde
as Elder John Rogers
Kirby Heyborne
as Elder Hezekiah Calhoun
Kirby Heybourne
as Elder Hezekiah Calhoun
Cameron Hopkin
as Elder Steven Van Pelt
David Nibley
as Elder Emmit Johnson
Scott Christopher
as Kyle Harrison
Michael Flynn
as President Sandburg
Ineke DenHollander
as Woman On Train
Ineke den Hollander
as Womon on Train
Jaime Anderson
as Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Andrea Anderson
as Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Alice Lonsdale
as Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Christie Gardner
as Julie's Voice
Anne H. DenHollander
as Girl in Amsterdam Square
Geerte DenHollander
as Girl On Couch
Fred C. Danneman
as Brother Cross
Johan DeBie
as Extra
Anouk Damen
as Extra
Eva DeJong
as Extra
Ben Janssen
as Extra
Lieke Baas
as Extra
Derk Oddens
as Extra
Nico Heers
as Extra
Hans Onnink
as Extra
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Critic Reviews for The Best Two Years

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

Amiably amusing.

Full Review… | September 3, 2004
Top Critic

[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.

August 27, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

August 27, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

There's not much to this movie.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

April 16, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

To its credit, The Best Two Years shows a refreshing willingness to acknowledge the foibles and possible problems with some Mormon missionary practices.

September 8, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for The Best Two Years


One of the best LDS movies ever! Missions can be a wounderful experiance, and they can also be funny!

John Thomas
John Thomas

An interesting look at the lives of Mormon Missionaries. Manages to convey the experience without being preachy.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Overall, I thought it was okay. It was worth the cost of the DVD. [B] However, if you want reality, this movie does NOT give you it - I suggest Errand of Angels instead[/B] (and I rated that movie as a 9). This movie has your typical Mormon cast of characters such as Scott Christopher, so if you are LDS and like movies with a silly Mormon feel, you will LOVE this, and it held my kids' interest throughout. It will remind you a bit of Singles Ward, which is another movie I would rate at a 7. If you are Mormon, this movie is certainly worth watching. If you are a non-Mormon, you may still like this, but won't understand all the nuances. Errand of Angels is more serious, and frankly, more "preachy" because it gets into the head of a Sister Missionary. It has some scenes that are just stupid. For example, Mormon missionaries do not climb over each other to get their mail. That scene made sense for the stage, but was too sappy for me in a movie. Overall, the acting was okay, but the lead in Errand of Angels simply blew these actors away. There was also way too much focus on the Elders' girlfriends back home, and not enough focus on what they actually do day to day. Strengths: A decent - but not excellent -window into the lives of male Mormon missionaries. The acting, especially that of Elder Calhoun, was good. The camera work was okay. They did go to the trouble of shooting the movie in Holland, which was cool. It was clean, and it was very watchable. Weaknesses: It was goofy. [B]Mormon missionaries do not post pictures of girls behind the pictures of church leaders, just so they can flip them around if leadership shows up at their living quarters. They are far more refined than that.[/B] A missionary would never rope another missionary. What really bugged me was that virtually no Dutch was heard in this movie - what a wasted opportunity! And the movie was soooo predictable, so the baptism will shock nobody. Too much of the movie was shot in the apartment. All in the Family got away with this, but when you are shooting in Holland, SHOW THE AUDIENCE HOLLAND! Moreover, the proper way to say Books of Mormon was not clever, just annoying. The film could have showed the missionaries LIMITED BUDGETS, the way some of them are disowned by the families for going on a mission, the way many Europeans hate Mormon missionaries because they are simply American males, etc. Also, darn few investigators are taught in missionary apartments for obvious reasons. Because this movie was not meant to be serious, and the budget was limited, I will give it some slack. And it served a nice purpose. If a child is thinking about going on a mission, this movie would be a 9 for them. Errand of Angels would be a 10.

Greg Smith
Greg Smith

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