The Hollars

6.61 h 28 min2021PG-13
An aspiring NYC artist is forced to navigate the dysfunctional world he left behind when he returns home for his mother’s brain surgery. Starring John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, and Margo Martindale.
John Krasinski
Sharlto CopleyCharlie DayRichard Jenkins
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John Krasinski
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4.4 out of 5 stars

2156 global ratings

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BReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Loved the actors but as a believer in Jesus as Lord and savior, we had to turn it off after the first scene. There’s a scene where a character took the Lords name in vein repeatedly over and over again. It would of been a really funny movie I’m sure if not for the crassness.
12 people found this helpful
Cindy MReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Movie I've Seen In A Long Time
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This movie was fabulous, it had me laughing and crying and unable to stop watching at the 30-minute mark as I'd initially planned, with plans to finish it in the evening. Instead, I could NOT stop watching and enjoyed every minute. Best of all, there are no sexual innuendo, no sex scenes, no nudity, no crude language and no f-bombs flying around, so my entire family (including our teen) can watch it again this weekend as a family movie. It was so good, I can't wait to watch it again. I took a chance and bought it because of the cast: Margo Martindale (love her!), Richard Jenkins (can't go wrong with these two in the cast) and John Krasinski. I even paid extra to get it the day it came out and am SO glad I did. I've already recommended it to friends, it's so good.
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tralaineReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
John Krasinski is an excellent story-teller as a director
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This is a little sleeper of a gem. John Krasinski is an excellent story-teller as a director. The movie and the characters are so real and quirky. It is not overtly funny, but it is funny because of the reality of the life experiences and reactions of people. I believe John Krasinski has caught and exemplified the foundational movie-making principle of creating from a base of love and he does this here and he does it well.

this movie does not rely on profanity, nudity, sexual innuendo or violence to make a story. Instead, it relies on actual story-telling that requires much more intellect, creativity and effort than the former list requires. I can only hope that Mr. Krasinski will continue his story-telling efforts utilizing these same principles of movie-making as here. If he does, he will be on track to be one of the greatest directors/movie-makers of all time, just you wait and see.
16 people found this helpful
kaybeeReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
You really should watch this one.
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Excellent movie. I'd never even heard of it until I saw it on Amazon video. It's surprisingly very memorable - every actor did a wonderful job and you end up caring very much about this family. It's sweet without being corny or syrupy, dramatic in a normal-people's lives kind of way, and offbeat enough that you really don't know what path the story will take until you're done watching it. Beautifully done. Wish there were more like this.
26 people found this helpful
Lanna S. SeuretReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Subtle Comedy; More Humanity
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1. I needed, at the end, to see the new babies!! (Big oversight to be at the funeral, have to zoom to the hospital and
not have the new life coming in, after losing the big loving life that just left!)
2. I cried, drippingly, when elder son so lovingly and caressingly, shaved his mother's head. That seemed to be the
essential message of the whole movie - show care through whatever happens.
3. I laughed out loud when elder son and mom escaped from hospital before her "Last Meal" to an ice cream shop!
4. I felt shared happiness and delight the at "wedding" ceremony, and how they gave each other their betrothal rings.
5. I felt joy when the dad finally grew up at the end; he was glad, too.

I've avoided John Krazinski (sp) only seeing the "Jack Ryan" ads, which are not of interest, but am so glad to have bothered to look at what else he may have done. Perhaps he is a force for humanitarianism, caring, and compassion in stories that reflect more or less real situations, and how we can actually get through them without despair.
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linda galellaReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Regular folks living life,
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one day at a painful time.

The Hollar family is anchored by “Chief”, an irascible, larger than life matriarch played wonderfully, by Margo Martindale. She lives and loves with total abandon, trying to keep her husband and 2 sons from falling apart in the midst of their individual trials; there’s a pile of them!

Early on in the film, Chief has a seizure, goes to the hospital and finds out she’s got an extremely large brain tumor that needs to be removed soon. The remainder of the story bounces around the lives of the three men, uncovering the details of their individual stories and how she counsels them to step up and take charge making a way towards the future.

Storytelling and relationships are the key to the success of this gentle film. If it weren’t for the constant barrage of divine epithets, I would have given it 5* Writers need to find a better way🍿
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Cindy FReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny and very touching!
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I really enjoyed this movie. I was not expecting much, due to some reviews I had seen, but they were wrong. This movie has some very funny scenes - John Krazinski is a big favorite of mine! There are some other scenes that are on a much sadder note, but are very touching. I love the cast. Well done by all. A dysfunctional family that will remind you of your own :)
18 people found this helpful
NeilReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Could Have Been So Much Better ...
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There wasn't any real laugh out loud moments, nor was there much on the emotional scale. It is a common story:
a dysfunctional family, a "successful" sibling, a family screw up, the father not really "there" and a mother serving as the family matriarch. The only shining moment was Josh Groban.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed all the actors, but there talents were wasted on a weak script with an all-too-common theme. Also, the movie just seemed to drag on for a lot longer than it actually is. By the time it was over, I thought over 2 hours had passed.

A very generous 3-star rating because of the cast.
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