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|Directed by||John Krasinski|
|Written by||Jim Strouse|
|Music by||Josh Ritter|
|Cinematography||Eric Alan Edwards|
|Edited by||Terel Gibson|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics|
|Box office||$1.1 million|
The Hollars is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by John Krasinski and written by James C. Strouse. The film stars an ensemble cast led by Krasinski, starring Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick and Margo Martindale. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016. The film was released on August 26, 2016, by Sony Pictures Classics.
Struggling New York City graphic novelist John Hollar learns that his mother, Sally is diagnosed with a brain tumor, and joins his brother, Ron, and father, Don, by her side. Her attending physician Dr. Fong tells them that the tumor is scheduled to be removed later that week. John is also facing the birth of his first child with his girlfriend Rebecca. Ron is spying on his ex-wife Stacey, whom he divorced years ago, but he is confronted by her new partner Reverend Dan. John meets his high school classmate and mother's nurse Jason, who married Gwen, his ex-girlfriend. Jason rightly suspects that Gwen only married him after becoming pregnant with their child, and still has feelings for John.
Don is forced to work at the wine shop to support his failing plumbing business. At night, Ron sneaks inside Stacey's house to see his two daughters, but is subsequently arrested by the police when Stacey finds out. He is immediately bailed when Rev. Dan learns how much he loves his kids. One day before her operation, John and Sally sneak out of the hospital to enjoy her last meal. On the day of the operation, the doctors successfully remove the tumor, but later, she dies with Don at her side. Don emotionally reads a letter Sally wrote before she died. Rev. Dan marries John and Rebecca, and later, in the middle of their mother's funeral, John, Ron, and Don rush Rebecca to the hospital as she goes into labor.
- Sharlto Copley as Ron Hollar, John’s brother, Don and Sally’s son, Stacey’s ex-husband and the father of two daughters
- Charlie Day as Jason, John’s high school classmate and Gwen’s ex-boyfriend turned husband
- Josh Groban as Reverend Dan, Stacey’s partner
- Richard Jenkins as Don Hollar, Ron and John’s father, Sally’s husband and the grandfather of two granddaughters
- Anna Kendrick as Rebecca, John’s girlfriend turned wife and the aunt of two nieces
- John Krasinski as John Hollar, Ron’s brother, Don and Sally’s son, Rebecca’s boyfriend turned husband and the uncle of two nieces
- Margo Martindale as Sally Hollar, Ron and John’s mother, Don’s wife and the grandmother of two granddaughters
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Gwen, Jason’s ex-girlfriend turned wife
- Randall Park as Dr. Fong, Sally’s physician
- Ashley Dyke as Stacey, Ron’s ex-wife and the mother of two daughters
- Mary Kay Place as Pam
- Tonea Stewart as Latisha
On May 5, 2014, it was announced John Krasinski would direct the film, with Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins joining the cast. Principal photography and production began on July 15, 2014, and ended on August 15, 2014. Principal photography took place on location in Mississippi, including Brookhaven, Jackson and Canton. According to Krasinski, editing was completed on January 16, 2015. Josh Ritter composed the film's score.
The Hollars premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016. On January 29, 2016, Sony Pictures Classics acquired all rights to its United States and Asia release. The film was released on August 26, 2016, by Sony Pictures Classics.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 46%, based on 90 reviews, with an average rating of 5.39/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "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." Metacritic gives the film a score of 53 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: AnTEENcipated||Anna Kendrick||Nominated|||
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