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.
Here's another example of a terrific film that wasn't given proper exposure by the industry. The four leads--Krasinski, Copley, Jenkins, and the amazing Martindale--are perfect, and completely convincing as a family facing crisis. In spite of the somber subject matter (it's geared toward adults, not children), director Krasinski successfully wrings both chuckles and tears from these performances. It's a shame that "The Hollars" didn't garner some of the Oscar nominations that went to bigger-budget, but less deserving, films in 2016.
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