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The Hollars (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.

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John Krasinski

Writer:

Jim Strouse
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margo Martindale ... Sally Hollar
Sharlto Copley ... Ron Hollar
Richard Jenkins ... Don Hollar
John Krasinski ... John Hollar
Anna Kendrick ... Rebecca
Randall Park ... Dr. Fong
Ashley Dyke ... Stacey
Isabela Costine Isabela Costine ... Constance
Didi Costine ... Matilda
Josh Groban ... Reverend Dan
Charlie Day ... Jason
Mary Kay Place ... Pam
Timothy Crowe Timothy Crowe ... Loan Officer (as Tim Crowe)
Lacey Levy Lacey Levy ... Neurology Nurse
Debbie Prescott Debbie Prescott ... Liquor Barn Cashier
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Storyline

Aspiring NYC artist John Hollar returns to his middle America hometown on the eve of his mother's brain surgery. Joined by his girlfriend, eight months pregnant with their first child, John is forced to navigate the crazy world he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, and over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of his mother's operation.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief language and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Like It Once Was See more »

Filming Locations:

Brookhaven, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,210, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,016,872, 2 December 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For scenes shot in the airport, filming took a total of 17 hours for scenes that would take possibly 10 minutes screen time. See more »

Quotes

Don Hollar: What are you doing on the floor,chief?
Sally Hollar: I don't know.
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An assured feature film directing debut by Krasinski in this touching & funny family drama
11 December 2016 | by azanti0029See all my reviews

Films with families coming together where one sibling his been absent for years that has in turn led to rivalry and jealously are not exactly new ground but in 'The Hollars' it never feels overly familiar thanks largely to the golden rule of film making, that a good script is King. The movie directing debut of John Krasinski, who also acts see's him play John Hollar, a struggling insecure graphic novelist, with a pregnant girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) living in New York. Upstate his father (Jenkins, brilliant as always) is running a failing family business, while his brother (Sharlto Copley) Ron, has just been fired by the Dad for warning him they're days away from bankruptcy. Ron has his own problems, going through a divorce from his wife and missing his two daughters, resulting in some what dysfunctional behaviour. It is in this setting that the patriarchal mother of the household (Margo Martindale, so natural & so brilliant she makes acting looks effortless) discovers she has a brain tumour, forcing the brothers together and the father to re- evaluate himself and the mistakes he may have made before its too late. A subplot involves John meeting his old flame who has now married high school friend turned hospital nurse (Charlie Day) who in turn is a bit of a dick. Will John resolve his own issues and see what is right in front of him, how will the father cope with his impending loss and can Ron find a peaceful solution to his messy divorce & cope with his wife's new love in the form of the affable local Priest (Nicely underplayed by Josh Groban) - Such are the dilemmas facing this familiar feeling family.

How dramas of this type work often depend on how engaging the characters are and connecting with them at an early stage. Krasinski cleverly never makes you like anyone in-particular too much or too little, tugging at the heart strings just right. Krasinski assembled a top notch group of actors here who clearly know their craft. This could have been a play on stage, but has enough drama to work well on screen. Copley plays a role very different from previous performances and handles the American accent with ease, while Kendrick proves she can handle a more demanding role outside of the Twilight Saga spectrum. Some characters feel a little underwritten, Ashley Dyke does well to make you notice her in a part with little characterisation, but essentially this is a film about The Hollars (Hence the title) and they are rightly the focus of the piece.

I have no doubt that Margo Martindale will be criminally under looked when it comes to award season for her role of the mother. One of those actresses who I have seen hundreds of times, has assured I will always know her name after this performance. The film may not break much new ground, but it is certainly among the best within its genre and fortunately, it wasn't set during Thanksgiving with a scene involving a turkey. Recommended.


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