The Hollars

The Hollars
The Hollars
  • PG-13
  • 1h 29m
  • 2016
Rotten46%
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A struggling NYC artist, John Krasinski, is forced to return to the small middle-American town he left behind after learning about his mother’s illness. 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 NYC girlfriend (Anna Kendrick, Academy Award Nominee, Up in the Air, Best Supporting Actress, 2009). 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten46%
Critics 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.
Reviews
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tirdad Derakhshani
Rotten

Opening with a promising first act comprising well-observed, edgy humor, the film ends with an ove...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Fresh

Jenkins and Martindale, both old hands at this sort of "dramedy" material, come through for Krasin...

June 25, 2017
Boston Globe
Tom Russo
Fresh

If Krasinski relates in any significant way to his character's self-doubt, you wouldn't know it fr...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Uneven dysfunction dramedy benefits from strong cast.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Hollars is about a dysfunctional family that must face a health emergency -- and find a way to rally together despite plenty of other stresses and the looming presence of death. Directed by The Office star John Krasinski, this dramedy has a fair amount of swearing (including "s--t" and a "f--k"), plus beer drinking by adults and scenes in which characters get argumentative and aggressive (both verbally and physically; two characters end up in a slap fight). There's also frank discussion about mortality and the emotional costs of divorce on couples and their children, all of which will likely make this movie more relatable and appealing for adults than teens.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:August 26, 2016
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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