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10/10
Laughter and Tears! Amazing movie
panicatthediscofanatic31 January 2016
Warning: Spoilers
This movie literally had the theater laughing and crying throughout the whole movie. There is a serious story line, yet Krasinksi is able to uplift the tone of the movie. There are numerous types of comedy for everyone to enjoy! I have never shed more than a tear during a film, but I found myself crying and sniffling throughout this whole movie. When I wasn't busy crying, I was laughing. The actors did a phenomenal job portraying their characters! So Kudos to everyone involved in the process of making this film. I would definitely recommend to others (although beware there is a very small amount of cussing involved with the dialogue.)
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8/10
"Don't waste time with the bad, live with the good"
paul-allaer27 September 2016
"The Hollars" (2016 release; 90 min.) brings the story of the Hollar family. As the movie opens, Sally (the matriarch so to speak) is found laying on the bathroom floor, and we soon learn that she has a potentially life-threatening brain tumor ("the size of a softball"). Meanwhile, we also get to know her husband Don, whose heating and plumbing business is *this* short of bankruptcy, oldest son Ron, who is so down on his luck that he is living in the basement of his parents' house, and younger son John, a wanna-be graphic novelist bored out of his mind at his current customer service job, and his highly pregnant girlfriend Becca. At this point we're 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the second film directed by actor John Krazinski (who also plays the role of the younger son John). In this movie, he examines a dysfunctional (and that is a kind reference) family, in which pretty much everyone is unhappy, or unlucky, or both, as to the state of affairs in their respective lives. The movie is billed as a 'comedy-drama' and I'd say that is pretty accurate, with the funniest bits coming up in the first half of the movie (with the best of those featured prominently in the movie's trailer, which I had seen beforehand). The second part of the movie is far more introspective, and for me the better part of the movie. When John asks his mom how she managed to get through 38 years of marriage, Sally responds "Don't waste time with the bad, live with the good. I've had a good marriage for 38 years." The movie is helped tremendously by some wonderful acting performances, starting first and foremost with Margo Martindale as Sally, bur Richard Jenkins as her husband Don is equally great. Anna Kendrick as John's highly pregnant girlfriend has a surprisingly large role 9and she is super-charming in it), whereas Mary Elizabeth Winstead as John's ex-girlfriend has maybe 5 min. of screen time in total. Check out also Josh Groban (yes, the singer) in a charming role as Reverend Dan. Last but not least, there is a terrific soundtrack from singer-songwriter Josh Ritter. Bottom line: the movie has received a mixed reaction from critics and the public at large. Perhaps because of that, my expectations were low, going into this. Instead, I found myself fully charmed by and invested in these characters, and I was sorry to let go of them when the movie was over.

"The Hollars" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it finally made its way to my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati this past weekend. The Monday evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay (given it was a Monday). No, this film doesn't cover any new ground as such, but if you like small-scale indie movies with a big heart, you;ll want to give this one a chance, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray. "The Hollars" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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10/10
"The Hollars" deserves to be seen
ksdilauri7 May 2017
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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10/10
Margo Martindale's performance has Oscar written all over it.
Ramascreen23 August 2016
John Krasinski's feature directorial debut, #TheHollars is one of this year's must-see films, it's the most honest and hilarious dysfunctional family comedy I've seen in recent years. Perfect ensemble cast, especially the great Margo Martindale whose performance has Oscar written all over it.

Krasinski plays a struggling NYC artist named John Hollar who hates his job and has a rich and caring pregnant girlfriend (Anna Kendrick). John returns to his small mid-America hometown upon hearing the news of his mother's (Margo Martingale) illness. But coming back isn't easy because it brings up not only old pains between family members but also high school rivalry and other anxieties. Co-starring Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Groan and Randall Park.

I think it all stems from Jim Strouse's script that gives us a look at a family that is reflective of the ones we the audiences have. The story just flows naturally becomes I think it comes from a very real and truthful place. You don't have to have grown up in small town U.S.A. and you can still relate to the banter, the anger, the argument, the jealousy, and the heartbreak. The comedy in "The Hollars" is so ferocious so whenever the drama does kick in, you feel it all the much stronger. All the actors involved did a phenomenal job of having an emotional impact on you, especially Margo Martindale whom I've always considered to be a national treasure, in "The Hollars," she gets to unleash her fullest potential, it's as if everything she ever did her career over the years had led her up to this defining moment, what a remarkable actress. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll find hope in "The Hollars." -- Rama's Screen --
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A heartwarming film
Gordon-1115 February 2017
This film tells the story of a family who is troubled by many misfortunes, including the father's business going badly, the mother having cancer, the older son coping with divorce and the younger son doing a job he dislikes.

Despite the multiple misfortunes, "The Hollars" remain light hearted, optimistic and cheerful. They show human emotions appropriate to the situations, and is not over the top. Attributing the mother's symptoms to a weight issue is quite funny, but believable at the same time. The thing about these characters is that they face real problems and have realistic reactions. I have sympathy for the characters because they are relatable to the viewers. The ending is quite funny, sweet and sad all at the same time. It also reminds us to live life to the most.
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8/10
'It's Okay…'
gradyharp16 December 2016
There can never be enough films of the nature of THE HOLLARS to keep us all sane in the midst of world chaos and cinematic apocalyptic explosions and car chases and burning buildings. Jim Strouse has written a comedy drama about the importance of family and John Krasinski directs a stellar cast in this warm fuzzy hilarious and ultimate deeply moving film.

The setting is a small town in middle America – Ohio – where we meet the Hollars – a family consisting of a father, Don (Richard Jenkins) whose business is on the verge of bankruptcy, son Ron (Sharlto Copley) who is jobless and pines for his ex-wife Stacey (Ashley Dyke) and their children (Ron divorced them and regrets it and stalks them), Stacey's new husband Reverend Dan (Josh Groban), a school chum Jason (Charlie Day) who married the left behind sweetheart of John (John Krasinski) – a NYC artist of graphic novels who has left his live-in pregnant girlfriend Rebecca (Anna Kendrick) to visit his ill mother Sally (Margo Martindale). Old secrets arise, communications falter, and the family nearly implodes when it is discovered that Sally has a brain tumor. Rebecca comes to the Hollar home to be supportive and encounters a dysfunctional family that is both frustrating and entirely lovable and the manner in which each of these disparate characters comes together is the beauty of the film.

Simple story, very well written, acted by a first class ensemble of characters (Margo Martindale shines!) and directed with sensitivity – and it all works well. Try leaving the film with a dry eye – 'it's okay.'
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8/10
Not a comedy as advertised
valkylie260414 March 2017
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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8/10
When the family needs you the most...
Reno-Rangan4 January 2017
I'm not saying this is the best film of the year, because there are plenty of better films than this, but in some way this film wins our heart. First of all I did not know John Krasinski directs films. In fact, this is his second feature film, the only one I have seen and I loved it. The main reason to I enjoy it was, it is sentimental. Not just some foolish melodrama, but an uplifting film filled with lots of fun.

The cast was at its best. I liked everyone and their unique display. At some point it feels like a realistic drama, but those comedies make us realise that it's only a film. Margo Martindale was really awesome. I have never seen her in such a wonderful role. Most importantly in an important role like this one. If I remember this film in the future, that's only for her. The only negative about the film was the twist. It was like they aimed for it to bring change in pace and atmosphere, when the situation in the story was not in its favour. Even though I did not care it, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is the story of the Hollar family who reunite when they needed for each other. When John comes to know his mother got ill, he immediately flies back home. His brother is already there and the father is financially struggling. With many struggles, they all prepare for the medical procedure. In the meantime, there are some outside adventures. Like meeting their old friends, places, ex-wife et cetera. The remaining of the film is to reveal how it all goes and where they will stand.

The target audience is mainly the families. If you like a tearjerker, you would enjoy watching it as well. So in my opinion, this film is under-rated and under-noticed. Mainly because of the cast is not so popular and so the lack of promotion. Even the film poster is not that impressive. Kind of looks like a B movie and of course it is, but an awesome B movie. Worth a watch for many reasons and you will know it when you give it a try. So, recommended.

8/10
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8/10
An assured feature film directing debut by Krasinski in this touching & funny family drama
azanti002911 December 2016
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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8/10
A film of love, loss, returning back seeing people and memories as old life goes and new life begins.
blanbrn29 September 2016
"The Hollars" is one of those movies that has a mixture of laughs, drama, and sorrow and sadness still it entertains with love and memories showing that life always is a change with the new. John(John Krasinski)is a man who returns to his small Ohio town to visit his dying mother Sally Hollar(the wonderful Margo Martindale)who's very ill with a terminal case of brain cancer. By her side is her loving husband of many years Don(Richard Jenkins)and it's a tailspin for John he's got a lot on his plate including a pregnant wife in Rebecca(Anna Kendrick)and he meets an old flame of his while in town and she's still interested even though married too, and John doesn't want to move back! Clearly this film is clearly a test of love and fate it shows that with time life and fate changes it's all about new starts despite the sorrow and loss of a loved one still memories of love will always be present. Overall "The Hollars" is one touching emotional drama of love and change it's one film to sure see.
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10/10
A movie that deserves a bigger audience than it will get. One of the top ten movies of the year
cosmo_tiger5 December 2016
"You thought it was a weight thing?!" John Hollar (Krasinski) is getting ready to be a father when he learns that his mother (Martindale) is in the hospital with a brain tumor. He flies back home and joins his dysfunctional family. While trying to help and be there for his mother he also is dealing with the possible bankruptcy of his father's business, his angry brother and the unstable husband of his ex-girlfriend. This is a fantastic movie. The comedy is witty, quick and perfectly timed. The drama is heart wrenching and emotional without feeling cheesy or melodramatic. Everyone of the actors plays their part perfectly and that adds to the overall feel of the movie. This is a movie that flew under the radar, but those that find it will see one of the best movies of the year. Overall, a movie that deserves a bigger audience than it will get. One of the top ten movies of the year and one that I can not possibly recommend more. I easily give this an A+.
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6/10
Family Comedy with Heart
kz917-11 November 2017
Directed by and starring John Krasinski this family comedy with a few tears hits all the right marks.

From family fisticuffs in the hospital room to indulging mom's sweet tooth for dipping pretzels into ice cream for breakfast - this family has got a lot of heart.

The family rallies when Sally Hollar begins having seizures and needs brain surgery. What follows is a family coming back together and smoothing out misunderstandings. There are zany madcap moments that will make you laugh and cry. Worth a view.
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10/10
Unexpected
juliagarverick19 April 2019
I laughed, I cried, I was filled with love. I expected a funny family friendly movie and instead was rewarded with a deep thoughtful movie that celebrates life even after death.
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9/10
We Are Family!
namashi_12 May 2017
John Krasinski's 'The Hollars' is all heart. And that's precisely why this family-dramaedy shines so bright. With Krasinski calling the shots & acting in one hand, along-with an ensemble ready to leave you awe-inspired on the other, its hard to refuse 'The Hollars', despite its predictable plot.

'The Hollars' Synopsis: A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.

'The Hollars', for all it stands for, is about Family & Love. Where would one be without a Family? The Hollars are flawed, but that's how us Humans work, amidst this ride called "LIFE". Krasinski treats the narrative with realism & makes sure you have a smile on your face once this story concludes. I liked The Hollars, all of them, this family of four, full of madness, secrets, regrets, but above-all, there for one another at its most crucial moments.

Krasinski is self-assured at his job here & his Direction is skillfully done. He has the knack of a true filmmaker! James C. Strouse's Writing is strong. The emotions bloom out beautifully & the humor, though brief, works wonders whenever its put in. Cinematography is first-class. Editing is neatly done. Art & Costume Design are good.

Performance-Wise: Krasinski is a fine actor & 'The Hollars' is a yet another reminder of that fact. He's nicely restrained in the central role. Richard Jenkins & Margo Martindale are Acting Jewels. Jenkins is faultless as the overtly emotional, subtly devastated Hollar Sr., who doesn't miss a single beat. Martindale, meanwhile, steals the show! In a role that demands a performer of true merit, Martindale chews on the character & offers soul in abundance. Sharlto Copley is in form after a long time. He shines here. Anna Kendrick is natural to the core, as always. Charlie Day can do better for himself in the world of acting, as he's marvelous here. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is cute in a small cameo. Randall Park is decent.

On the whole, 'The Hollars' is a Winner. This one's right from the heart, made with a genuine sense of feeling.
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8/10
A Different But Not Unusual Portrayal Of A Family
dante-6932912 March 2017
I liked the family portrayals of the leading characters in this film. They were gritty, erratic, whimsical, maudlin...in a sense they covered the gamut of emotions of a struggling lower middle class family from a small town.Its one that many viewers can relate too and conversely perhaps many can't--or wont, regarding the Hollars as 'losers'. Its a slice of life presentation and well worth an evening's viewing.
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8/10
Full of laughs and tears
evrivali3 September 2017
'The Hollars' is a beautiful film that everyone should watch. It's perfect if you want to watch a comedy or a drama and there really is a lot of meaning and emotion allowing every person to get attached even for a little bit with the characters. I wanted it to watch it from the first time it came out but unfortunately it never came to my local movie theater, but when I finally watched it I realized that it was worth waiting. I can understand why someone can say that is not anything special the truth is that there is nothing particularly exciting in it but there is nothing particularly bad either and that's good enough for me. As a fan of Anna Kendrick this movie was one of the few that I really saw her shine and she showed the audience that she can do just as good in a dramatic part. Totally recommend it to everyone !
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8/10
Wow.
patriotdreams3 November 2019
What a fantastic movie. Not a single moment of wasted screen time. The movie is short but exactly as long as it needed to be. John Krasinski understands storytelling. I'm kicking myself for not seeing this sooner. What an absolutely delightful rollercoaster of a film.
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10/10
Heartwarming funny, sad, and fabulous directorial debut byJohn Krasinski
skpn1235 July 2019
John Krasinski's feature directorial debut is simply fabulous - it covers every emotional and quirky spectrum from the ridiculous to the heartfelt with ease of transition - little gems and surprises throughout by the excellent cast - this unique offering will stay with me for a long time.
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10/10
I loved this movie
b_mann-95-98221114 April 2018
To this day, this is one of the only movies that made me cry. It was an absolute masterpiece and Margot Martindale in this was Emmy worthy. John Krasinski as director and actor was amazing too. The whole cast was amazing as well.
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6/10
Very cute
subxerogravity18 September 2016
Starts off as a really funny story about John Hollar played by John Krasinski, who also directed the movie. He's a struggling artist living in New York, whose personal life is not that great either. Then he goes back home when he discovers his mom has brain cancer.

After a while the film becomes a nice quiet heartwarming story about choosing what regrets you can live with, or in some cases having those regrets chose you.

Sharlto Copley was my favorite in the movie as John's older brother Dan, a man-child living with his parents cause his dad had to fire him, trying to get back into his wife and kids lives, but of course she has started to date a much better man.

Down the line it looses it humor, but it never loses it's heart. The characters are very colorful and relateable people you want to know and love.

Very cute indeed.
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10/10
Underestimated movie of the year
arogalsky7919 December 2016
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When first picking a movie to watch for the evening, I was wary of the lower rating this movie received. Now after watching the film, I'm sad that such a wonderful story would be downgraded so low. This movie is seriously underestimated, it deserves a better recognition.

The Hollars is a simple Independent film that brings to life the humor an realism of dysfunctional families without overdoing it. John Krasinski, producer and director, also stars as a young struggling artist in NYC with a crappy job but a wonderful girlfriend (played by the spunky lovable Anna Kendrick) when he gets an unexpected call that his mother (Margo Martindale) is in the hospital with a large brain tumor that needs to be removed immediately. Going back home brings to the realization of how far he's been from his family, by finding out his father (Richard Jenkins) is about to go bankrupt, his brother (Charlie Day) is living at home trying to keep in contact with his ex-wife and two daughters, but also the pain of facing his mother's high-risk surgery, all while in turmoil in his own personal life as he prepares to become a father. What I loved most about this film is how relatable it is, by showing how families are absolutely dysfunctional and in every single way is like our own families in a comical and real way. The humor is laugh out loud funny without being overdone, and so beautifully done. It's one of the beautiful things about independent films, you don't have to create elaborate story lines or crazy schemes to make a movie funny, life itself has funny moments. The second thing I loved was the actors' performances. Being a fan of The Office for so many years, I was worried to see Krasinski in something different and without the chemistry of his co-stars on the show. But he accomplished something that's very rare- I was able to watch him and forget that he was Jim Halpert and made me believe that he was a different character. Not just John playing Jim playing John, but just being that character. I could watch him without feeling like I was watching the same character. Not just john's performance was outstanding though, the whole case ensemble is simply fantastic. It's not easy to do comedy and heartfelt moments in the same movie, and yet they pulled it off beautifully. At times you laugh while you're still crying. As much as I love those big blockbuster films, sometimes it's nice to kick back and watch a simple movie with a simple story line that's so wonderfully done. This movie was truly a surprise, and if it were up to me should be put up for a couple award nominations. Beautiful, heartfelt, real, this is definitely a film not only worth watching but worth the recommendation.
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8/10
waited a few days
nnom12 April 2017
Before I wrote this review because I wanted it to settle in. I won't say amazing, but I will say pretty damn good. Richard Jenkins, Margo Martindale (who doesn't get the credit she deserves) and Anna Kendrick (hot and a great actress, and, no, I don't care what you think) all shone in this movie...Krasinski was, of course, going to be the weak link. Another guy who was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. But he can be ignored, as he should be (yeah, I know he directed it, but I feel it was the kind of direction where he's asking the real actors,"What do you think I should do here?"). The brother was a nice evolution...even the nurse (the little guy from Always Sunny in Philadelphia) was a fun tangent. Watch it..you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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10/10
Has it's moments
christophersarles12 May 2019
Without ruining the movie, I must say, pretty typical fare except for two scenes that actually made me cry like a little baby. Contains 10 min of THE BEST ACTING, I have ever seen. Enjoy.
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10/10
Great movie
okieroni27 December 2018
Absolutely loved it, everything about it. Wish they would make more like this
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8/10
Great cast. Loved this movie
bgerm-3366730 August 2018
Out of blue just watched this movie and I was glad I did. Its got heart its got comedy and it has a realism that most movies cant capture
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