Welp, get ready to cry.
The trailer for Richard Linklater's "Last Flag Flying" has now arrived. Starring Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston, this sequel to a decades-old Hal Ashby film looks like it's going to pick up some nominations come Oscar season. It also looks like it's going to make everyone who sees it turn into a weepy mess (cue Neil Young’s “Old Man” in the background).
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"Last Flag" features Carell as a Vietnam veteran who has just learned his son, a newly enlisted Marine, has died in Iraq shortly following the 2003 invasion. Rather than let him be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, he enlists Fishburne and Cranston in his mission to bury his son at home. Laughs, serious Linklater-esque conversations and buddy road trip hijinks ensue.
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Let's take a look:
In keeping with Linklater's "spiritual sequel" aesthetic as of late, "Last Flag" is a sequel of sorts to the 1973 Hal Ashby film "The Last Detail," where a young sailor is escorted to prison by two older sailors. Both films are based on novels ("Detail" published in 1970; "Last Flag" published in 2005) by Darryl Ponicsan, who worked with Linklater on the screenplay. Linklater's sequel looks like it's changing the names of the characters, but not much else.
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In the recasting, Carell plays the Randy Quaid role from "Last Detail," the character who was escorted to prison by Jack Nicholson (now Cranston) and Otis Young (now Fishburne).
"Last Flag Flying" is scheduled for a Nov. 3 release and will be rated "R."
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