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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sally Hollar
... Ron Hollar
... Don Hollar
... John Hollar
... Rebecca
... Dr. Fong
... Stacey
... Constance
... Matilda
... Reverend Dan
... Jason
... Pam
Tim Crowe ... Loan Officer
Lacey Levy ... Neurology Nurse
Debbie Prescott ... Liquor Barn Cashier


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Like It Once Was  »

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Box Office


$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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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several actors in the movie have played characters with the similar first names in movies/series. John krasinski as John woodside in Aloha (2015), Anna Kendrick as Beca in pitch perfect (2012) and pitch perfect 2 (2015), Richard Jenkins as Don Fisk in What planet are you from? (2000) and Josh groban as Daniel in American Dad (2015) and Danny chase in the crazy ones (2014) See more »


Road sign says: I-70 West to Cincinnati; I-70 East to Cleveland. Neither Cincinnati nor Cleveland are on I-70. The sign should have said: I-71 South to Cincinnati; I-71 North to Cleveland. See more »


Don Hollar: What are you doing on the floor,chief?
Sally Hollar: I don't know.
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References Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) See more »


Long Shadows
Written by Josh Ritter
Performed by Josh Ritter
Courtesy of Pytheas Recordings
By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc.
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Not a comedy as advertised
14 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the categorisation of the film on the In Flight Entertainment channel. It's not just a comedy as advertised but a honest, tear jerking yet funny and thought provoking film. The honesty of the movie has me examined my relationship with my own parents - have I spend enough time with them? care about them as much I should? The love and marriage the older Hollars have is something we should all want and work towards to.

The actors did a phenomenal job portraying their characters - bringing them to life, making my heart wrench with what is happening to them and having me invested all 90 minutes to find out how the story pans out in the end.

Highly recommend watching this if you're tired of watching all the big money Hollywood films and is looking for something refreshing to watch.

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