“Thank You for Your Service” (Universal)
By Catholic News Service
Powerful drama about the devastating impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on soldiers returning from war, directed by Jason Hall and based on David Finkel’s eponymous nonfiction book.
An Army sergeant (Miles Teller) returns to Kansas with his squad after a tour of duty in Iraq, haunted by the death of one unit member (Brad Beyer) and the near-fatal wounding of another (Scott Haze). As he bottles up his emotions, his wife (Haley Bennett) tries to break down the barrier between them while the widow (Amy Schumer) of his fallen comrade demands to know how her husband died. Meanwhile, another veteran of the regiment (Beulah Koale), coping with a brain injury, drifts into crime and drugs.
The film offers a brutally honest portrayal that evokes sympathy for veterans and their plight as well as outrage at a bloated bureaucracy seemingly unable to cope with the crisis at hand.
Graphic wartime violence and bloodshed, a suicide, drug use, a glimpse of full female nudity, sexual banter, a couple of uses of profanity, pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.