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Thank You for Your Service
Runtime: 108 minutes
Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Keisha Castle Hughes
Director: Jason Hall
Sex: A husband and wife kiss a few times; a husband and wife have sex and although it is not overly graphic, there is thrusting, making it obvious what is going on; a wife asks her husband if he wants oral sex (she uses the slang phrase for it); some strong sexual comments and sexual slang in addition to a conversation about a video a man took of himself and his girlfriend having sex.
Language: The "F" bomb is used throughout the entire movie along with "MF"; "F" is used as slang for having sex; "GD" and "J" are uttered too; a lot of strong and harsh language including "Sh*t," "H*ll," "A*s," and other words.
Violence: A lot of violence including a man being shot in the head and his open wound is clearly shown along with a lot of blood; blood gets on another soldier helping to carry a wounded man and he literally has to wash it off; people are shot and wounded in several scenes; bombs explode and artillery is heavily fired; other scenes of violence featuring blood and wounds; a man commits suicide by shooting himself in the head and there is a spray of blood; a group of men gamble on a dog fight and one dog is badly wounded and it is a bit graphic when a man is seen stitching up his bloody wounds .
Drugs: Talk of using drugs; a man gets high on the drug Ecstasy; a drug dealer deals with a man and then comes collecting, planning to kill him; cigarette and cigar smoking; the drinking of beer, wine and alcohol in a few scenes; bar scene.
Nudity: A woman in a negligee shows a lot of cleavage; shirtless men; a woman is seen nude from behind and the side, and her breast is seen.
Other: A man vomits; tension between characters; returning soldiers deal with the stress of war and they suffer flashbacks.
Faith: No overt faith scenes.
Integrity: A character sacrifices an opportunity for a fellow soldier; a wife is determined to get help for her husband.
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.
Thank You for Your Service is aptly titled, showing the gratefulness we need to show returning soldiers of war, after they have endured the ugliness and brutality of battle. The audience is shown the after-effects on the soldiers who return home and how the war affects their civilian lives. This movie does a remarkable job in revealing what a group of men try to forget, yet keep remembering long after they have taken their last shot at an enemy or after they have been shot at. The story opens in Iraq in April 2007.
Sgt. Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) returns to his wife Saskia (strongly played by Haley Bennett), daughter and young son. Miles Teller does a terrific job in portraying Schumann as a strong leader, showing us why he became a sergeant. At the same time, he reveals little cracks in his armor, appearing to be haunted by memories that only the audience sees what his flashbacks are about. He won't let anyone else in, including his wife. He recalls dropping a soldier named Emory (Scott Haze) on cement steps and how that Emory, already badly injured by a shot to the head, wound up having a couple inches of his brain removed. He survived but has a difficult time getting around. Schumann also remembers his senior officer, SFC James Doster (Brad Beyer), who insisted he take Schumann's place on an assignment and then was killed in battle. Schumann is riddled with guilt, blaming himself for both incidents.
The movie features some riveting drama. The soldiers are told by the Department of Veterans Affairs they will have to wait six to nine months to get psychiatric treatment. Becoming angry, Schumann tells a man at the office, "We did our job. We need you guys to do yours now." Another mini storyline features Schumann's friend, Solo (Beulah Koale), who quickly forgets details—such as the current date—and suffers so much due to the pain he witnessed and experienced that he turns to drugs in the form of Ecstasy. Another friend of Schumann's returns to find his fiancé has moved out of their home, taken all of the furniture, his money, and no longer wants a relationship with him. All of the men contemplate suicide at one time or another due to the post-traumatic stress disorder they each are forced to live with.
This film isn't for those that easily become queasy. It features scenes of bloody head wounds, including a bullet hole in one soldier's head; a spray of blood as one former soldier shoots himself in the head; the use of strong and harsh language including sexual slang; and one scene shows a woman nude from the rear and side.
Its themes include brotherhood and soldiers looking out for those brothers. Schumann is the ultimate example of this in the film. Getting through life successfully is always a positive theme, and that is one of the themes in the movie. The film clearly shows what terrible horrors a soldier has to wade through to come out the other end.
Not Dove Family Approved
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