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Thank You For Your Service

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity.
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Primary Audience:
War Biography Drama Adaptation
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 15, 2017 (festival)
October 27, 2017 (wide—2,054 theaters)
November 3, 2017 (wide—2,083 theaters)
DVD: January 23, 2018
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war in the Bible

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Featuring: Haley Bennett … Saskia Schumann
Miles TellerAdam Schumann
Keisha Castle-Hughes … Alea
Amy Schumer …
Joe Cole …
Kate Lyn Sheil … Bell
Erin Darke … Tracey
Michael Love Toliver … Iraq War Veteran
Kerry Cahill … Will's Mom
Scott Haze … Michael Adam Emory
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Director: Jason Hall—“American Sniper” (2014), “Paranoia” (2013), “Spread” (2009)
Producer: Jon Kilik
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “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.

This film is based on a non-fiction novel by David Finkel about about three soldiers who suffer from trauma making it difficult to reintegrate into society.”

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Secular Movie Critics
…sheds a spotlight on the PTSD that afflicts so many veterans of America's longest war… Gets its important message across in powerful fashion. …
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
…Miles Teller hits the true note, and so does the rest of a superb cast, in a drama of Iraq War veterans that sidesteps all the coming-home clichés. …
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…a powerful portrait of soldiers' sacrifice… “Thank You for Your Service” is a slower-burning drama…w
John Serba, MLive Media Group
…a film that teaches you how to watch it… and suddenly I was entranced by how different it felt from the usual, and engrossed by the characters and their problems. …[3½/4]
Matt Zoller Seitz,
…“Thank You for Your Service” makes a heartfelt point in a straightforward way. …
Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
…worth watching… an empathetic film about war vets and how America fails them It’s hard not to watch through a politically tinged lens. …
Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
…“Thank You for Your Service” looks frankly at the problems war veterans face when returning home, but wraps itself in a gauze of generic storytelling that feels more like a pamphlet than a movie. …
Adam Graham, The Detroit News
…clunky but crucial drama about what supporting the troops really means… True and trite in equal measure, this film understands that war is fought by an army, but the after-war is every man for himself. …
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
…well-intentioned but missing the bigger picture… comes to a conclusion that’s become part of the tapestry of American life rather than shocking us out of complacency. …
Matt Goldberg, Collider
…There's not much here to surprise or stir, and if it were a documentary it would likely be accused of not going far enough with its subject. …
Emily Yoshida, Vulture
…assembles a strong cast, including Miles Teller and Amy Schumer, yet his tale of PTSD is aimless and ineffective… riddled with vague approximations of real life… [2/5]
Charles Bramesco, The Guardian [UK]