Love and Honor is a new romance starring Liam Hemsworth, Aimee Teegarden, Teresa Palmer and Austin Stowell. This new film is about a young soldier in Vietnam, Dalton (Stowell) who was dumped by his hometown sweetheart, Jane (Teegarden). Dalton decides to sneak back home during the war to do everything he can to win her back. His best friend, Mickey (Hemsworth) decides to go with him to help him win back Jane and ensure they go back to the war without getting caught. Love and Honor also has a touch of drama where everyone discovers the true meaning of commitment, love and honor. This movie premiered in the Cannes Film Market last year and is directed by Danny Mooney. Check out an early review for Love and Honor below:
“Early Review for Love and Honor
Crying out to have instead been double-entendre but un-PC titled “Love, Honor & Obey,” Love and Honor is a Vietnam War movie that unfolds in Ann Arbor, where the unmentioned famous fight song is “Hail to the victors valiant . . . conqu’ring heroes . . . leaders and best!” The setting of 215 Forest Street looks like a frat house but is a summer 1969 hippie communal living- and work-space. Danny Mooney’s feature directorial début could have lapsed into yet another sophomoric, flatulence jokey affair but rises above that popular type, partly because it is not easily anti-war, or pro-, but, rather, puts in a good word for the young men who were reviled for serving in that divisive quagmire.
In a Nam which a soldier remarks is more rice paddies than jungles, Indianan Dalton Wayne Joiner (Austin Stowell) has proven preternaturally skilled on replacing gunned down Tennessean “Moonshine” as platoon point man to spot booby traps. Even so, he and Michael “Mickey” Wright (Liam Hensworth) are alive only because Burns (Max Adler) took enemy bullets to save them.
Faithful to high-school sweetheart and imagined fiancée Jane (Aimee Teegarden), Joiner does not do drugs or drink or sex and is devastated by a Dear John from the now university student. Convinced there is an explanation of self-sacrifice, and on a week’s R and R in Hong Kong, as military personnel he flies home for free to put her and their love life and future straight. Tireless lady’s man Mickey shows up on the flight, too, to help out (and sweet-talk airhostesses over the Pacific).
The week is counterpointed against Apollo 11 buddies Armstrong and Aldrin on their flight away to adventure and then back to base, and interspersed with wishy-washy restagings of anti-war rallies. The roomy wooden house once so familiar to Joiner is now owned by well-off student publisher-activist Peter (Chris Lowell) and is refuge for those privileged enough to go to university and avoid the draft — though not so, black non-jock jock Isaac (Delvon Roe) — and idealistic and ignorant about what “American boys” are truly going through on the other side of the world.
To blend in and not be rejected, fast-talking Mickey allows the pot-smoking, beaded, tie-dyed crowd to believe that, far from stereotype war-mongers, they two are protesters who have deserted, gone AWOL (the original title), and face courts-martial and Leavenworth if caught.”
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Love and Honor is scheduled to be released in limited theaters on March 22nd 2013.
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