REVIEW: The Hollars

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Review by Dustin Heller

The Hollars is the new comedy-drama film from Sony Pictures Classics that stars and was directed by John Krasinski.  Krasinski is best known for his role as Jim Halpert on the television show The Office, but he’s sat in the director’s chair before with the 2009 film Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.  The Hollars boasts an A-list ensemble cast that includes Krasinski, Sharlto CopleyCharlie DayRichard JenkinsAnna Kendrick and Margo MartindaleThe Hollars is rated PG-13 for brief language and some thematic material.

John Hollar (Krasinski) is a struggling graphic novelist living in New York City with his pregnant girlfriend, Rebecca (Kendrick).  John gets the news that his mother (Martindale) has been diagnosed with a large brain tumor and he’s forced to return home immediately.  Its here we meet his father (Jenkins) who is on the brink of losing his business, and his brother (Copley) who can’t seem to get his life together and is currently living in his parents basement.  Everything seems to be spiraling out of control for John and his entire family, but family is the one thing that they can all count on til the end.

The Hollars is sweet, feel-good movie which beautifully portrays the struggles of a middle class family going through some very difficult times.  Working from a script from James C. Strouse, the story is both heartfelt and very funny at the same time.  Everything about this film screams Indie darling, not to mention it had its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  The film is definitely an actor’s showcase where each person involved delivered a top shelf performance.  To aide in this, the film is accompanied by a delightful score and soundtrack which really helps to drive home the feel and emotion of the characters.  John Krasinski has grown immensely as a director since his lackluster first film, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for his films in the future.  The Hollars is one my favorite films of the year thus far and a likely top ten contender when all is said and done.  This is one that should not be missed.

Grade:  A

The Hollars opens in theaters on Friday, September 23.

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