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The Hollars (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Fong
Tim Crowe ...
Loan Officer
Lacey Levy ...
Neurology Nurse
Debbie Prescott ...
Liquor Barn Cashier


Aspiring NYC artist John Hollar returns to his middle America hometown on the eve of his mother's brain surgery. Joined by his girlfriend, eight months pregnant with their first child, John is forced to navigate the crazy world he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, and over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of his mother's operation.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Like It Once Was  »

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Box Office


$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,210, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,016,872, 2 December 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although it is never accentuated or joked about in the movie, the names of the men in the Hollars family all rhyme: Don, Ron, and John Hollar. See more »


Road sign says: I-70 West to Cincinnati; I-70 East to Cleveland. Neither Cincinnati nor Cleveland are on I-70. The sign should have said: I-71 South to Cincinnati; I-71 North to Cleveland. See more »


Don Hollar: What are you doing on the floor,chief?
Sally Hollar: I don't know.
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We Are Family!
2 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

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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