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The Hollars (2016)

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Critic Consensus: The Hollars gathers an impressive assortment of talented stars; unfortunately, it's all in service of a story that's been played out more effectively in countless other indie dramedies.

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John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother's illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York. From a script by Jim Strouse that is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, John Krasinski's second feature is a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship.

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Cast

John Krasinski
as John Hollar
Richard Jenkins
as Don Hollar
Sharlto Copley
as Ron Hollar
Margo Martindale
as Sally Hollar
Josh Groban
as Rev. Dan
Didi Costine
as Matilda
Isabela Costine
as Constance
Randall Park
as Dr. Fong
Tim Crowe
as Loan Officer
Lacey Levy
as Neurology Nurse
Debbie Prescott
as Liquor Barn Cashier
Nancy Nave
as OB Nurse
Terence Mosley
as Funeral Director
Yvonne Angulo
as ER Nurse
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Krasinski, who also directed the film, may have spread himself too thin; there's a desperation about the closing scenes, cluttered as they are with bouncy pop songs on the soundtrack.

September 15, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Opening with a promising first act comprising well-observed, edgy humor, the film ends with an overdose of treacle so syrupy, so pungent, it will unsettle the strongest tummy.

September 8, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It is a perfect storm of boredom.

September 8, 2016 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

Jenkins and Martindale, both old hands at this sort of "dramedy" material, come through for Krasinski as the story darkens in the second half.

September 1, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Hollars" is an uneven, ineffective and self-conscious dysfunctional family comedy/drama with a Sundance-y vibe, and scene after scene in which the greatly talented and usually quite likable cast members keep stepping in big piles of wrong choices.

September 1, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

If Krasinski relates in any significant way to his character's self-doubt, you wouldn't know it from the movie, on which he does confident double duty as director.

September 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hollars

It must just be me. I found this hammy and unconvincing and I only lasted half hour. Wasn't interesting me on any level.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

Quirky and offbeat, The Hollars is a lighthearted and entertaining indie comedy about family. When his mother is hospitalized, John Hollar returns to his small hometown and reconnects with his estranged family. Starring John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale, the film has a pretty good cast. And, the comedy is well-written and has a clever wit to it. Yet the pacing is kind of slow and the plot meanders at times. Also, there's really not a lot of character development. But despite its problems, The Hollars is an enjoyable film with a strong message about the bonds of family.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

I found this both funny, bittersweet, moving and utterly relatable. Beautifully acted with a great soundtrack too.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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