Holly

Holly

63%
  • R, 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Guy Moshe
    In Theaters:
    Nov 9, 2007 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 27, 2009
  • Priority Films/Slowhand Cinema Releasing

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Holly Reviews

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Nicki M

Super Reviewer

January 25, 2009
Not bad. Felt very watered down, but still a good movie raising awareness of child prostitution. The young girl who plays 12 year old Holly is very good, as is Ron Livingstone as the man who tries to help her escape.
Hamee
March 24, 2013
This was a weird story that was hard to watch. Their really was no heroic story here. Everything that Livingston's character did was sporadic and pointless.
iamthethinman
May 1, 2011
I'm torn about this movie. On one hand, it is a very interesting production and well thought out story. On the other hand, it is a very blatant soapbox preaching session of a movie. It gets a little awkward when it transitions between, but is successful enough. However, I think this also makes you think and assume that the movie is going in one direction and kicks to another. And that isn't such a bad thing.

It has wonderful acting by everyone, even the supporting players. The girl is amazing and Ron Livingston really surprises with how great he can be. It is an obvious real world setting and production doesn't suffer. And the script really does take you through a journey with twists and turns. The only real faults, again, are that it gets a slight bit heavy handed when it wants to make a point (though those points need to be made with such a horrible subject that happens way too often) and point the finger at people who participate. AND IGNORE, which it does in a very interesting way to point out in this movie. It is effective, but also comes off a little cheesy. The other fault is that it takes the other lead, Livingston, and tries to get you to identify with him, but then takes him through a journey where they say he just keeps making mistakes. It is trying to point out that these things are mistakes, but it never says that he made the right decision in trying to help. Then, you see how it all goes. In many ways, he is a tragic hero, but also can seem like a fool being played by a system that can't be fixed.

However, I recommend this movie because this is a tragedy that shouldn't be ignored and just the effort to make this a subject brought to light for everybody so awareness can lead to help in any way when possible, is important.
January 21, 2011
Overall, I believe the acting was okay...but I was expecting a resolution in the end...for the money, I thought this was going to be a better film. It felt dragged out...and dull. More emotion could have been emphasized on...and again, the ending was very disappointing.
December 12, 2010
Holly is a VERY accurate and realistic portrayal of human trafficking. What makes the film so accurate is its open-ended not-happy-ending. It is very difficult to get girls out of sexual servitude, and there are millions enslaved all of the world today. This is REAL and we join with the oppressors of those we choose to ignore. Go to an organization and at least donate $10 to help those who are fighting trafficking.
Nick W.
July 13, 2010
A dark movie about the true life horrors of the underground sex trade. Another movie of the same genre only better is "Trade". both will make you feel dirty though
jazza923
January 25, 2009
5.5/10. Rather routine, the story is familiar. It's been done better before as well as worse. Sincere performances. It's a well meaning film, but it's nothing out of the ordinary and not very memorable.
ge964
November 7, 2007
[font=Tms Rmn][size=3]** 1/2 HOLLY- An aimless drifter in Cambodia (Ron Livingston) meets a child [/size][size=3]prostitute and tries to save her from her life. Grim at times, but it draws attention [/size][size=3]to a growing problem. Opens in NYC on 11/9.[/size]

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