The Hollars

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Director
John Krasinski
Runtime
1 h 45 min
Release Date
25 August 2016
Genres
Comedy, Drama
Overview
Aspiring New York City 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.
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  • The Hollars
    ComedyDrama We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.Movie ReviewJohn Hollar's life hasn't exactly been going as he'd planned. In fact, it's been just this side of a train wreck. His hoped-for career as a graphic novelist is stuck in limbo. His day job is unsatisfying. And his girlfriend, Rebecca, is, well, unexpectedly great with child. On top of all that, he just found out that his mom is sick. Since moving to New York, he hasn't kept close contact with his family. So the news that his mother has had a tumor growing in her head for the last 10 years or so comes as something of a shock. On the other hand, he's not the only Hollar male who's been broadsided by the revelation. John's misfit older brother, Ron, has been living in their parents' basement ever since his divorce. And he's so wrapped up obsessively stalking his ex and their two daughters, that, well, Mom's worsening condition slipped his notice, too. Meanwhile, their frittering father, Don, figured wife Sally's physical issues were weight related. He sent her to Jenny Craig. Oops. So when John arrives back at the little home he grew up in, he's immediately swept up in the problems of his wacky family: their failing business, their debt, the general day-to-day insanity and inanity. He even gets a bit of temptation thrown his way courtesy of a now-married ex-girlfriend who still has the hots for him. As he puffs on a cigarette—never mind that he told Rebecca he wouldn't smoke—John thinks about the options in front of him. Life is indeed complicated. And if it weren't so head-shakingly strange, quirky and just a tiny bit funny, it might be too frightening to bear. Positive ElementsIn spite of the Hollar family's overflowing dysfunction, there is an obvious love at their familial core that settles them and helps them prop up one another. For instance, when Sally starts to panic about going into a potentially dangerous surgery, her family members join together to sing one of her favorite songs to her. The beauty of the hopeful tune rings in her mind and helps her keep her anxiety at bay. It's also obvious that Sally is the wise and loving rock of the family. She speaks privately with each man and asks them to be strong for the other two. They, in turn, reach out in love to each other. Rebecca flies in to support John in the course of his mother's illness, and she's received with open arms by John's parents. Sally, in particular, appreciates Rebecca's stabilizing effect on her son. "Men need to be pushed," she tells the younger woman. [Spoiler Warning] John eventually realizes how much he loves and needs Rebecca, and they tie the knot. John is consistently tender and caring with his mother. When she worries about having her head shaved for surgery, he gently does it for her. And while sharing a meal together, Sally imparts a bit of wisdom about life that she learned from her mother. "Don't waste your time with the bad, live for the good," she tells her son. Spiritual ContentRon's ex-wife, Stacey, is dating a youth pastor named Dan. And though Dan is initially viewed as something of a home-wrecking enemy, he eventually facilitates dialogue between Ron and Stacey and helps Ron to reconnect with his loving daughters. In the process, Ron asks Dan, "You're not gonna force any Jesus s--- on me are you?" To which Dan calmly replies, "I don't force my personal beliefs on anybody." "What are your beliefs?" Ron wonders aloud as they walk off to talk. Though none of the Hollar family members speak of faith, there is a sense that they all share a hope for something beyond this mortal life.Sexual ContentJohn's ex-girlfriend, Gwen, wears a skimpy blouse that reveals her bra and cleavage. When he's invited over to her house for dinner, she embraces and kisses him while her husband is out of the room, much to John's shock. Elsewhere, John and Rebecca cuddle and kiss. We see Ron in boxer shorts.Recommended ResourceA Chicken's Guide to Talking Turkey With Your Kids About SexKevin LemanEven the bravest parents feel timid about discussing sex with their 8- to 14-year-olds! This resource offers reassuring, humorous, real-life anecdotes along with reliable information to help you with this challenging task.Buy NowViolent ContentSally collapses to the bathroom floor while getting ready in the morning, her curling iron burning her arm.Crude or Profane LanguageJesus' name is abused (in various forms) about 20 times. God's name is misused once. One f-word and 10 s-words join multiple exclamations of "b--tard," "a--," "h---" and "d--n."Drug and Alcohol ContentJohn smokes several cigarettes. He and a few others also drink beer. At one point we're given the impression that Don, in the midst of his depression, goes to a liquor store to drown his sorrows. But we find out that he actually gets a job there to bring in some extra money.Other Negative ElementsRon urinates into a pitcher with his back to the camera.ConclusionLife is a grinding, weighty thing. Commitment is incredibly scary. Family members are often irritating. The unexpected can be brutal. And yet … all those things are worth the effort. They can make you a better, stronger person. You simply need to find the love and the fortitude to make it through. That's the endearing, redemptive message of The Hollars, a dramedy directed by and starring John Krasinski. It's a funny, sweet and well-acted pic with a sitcom-like tempo. And in between its quick quips, moving moments and wistful eye wipes, it delivers a nicely affirming nod to the whole idea of family, as well as a family's ability to heal, help and hold up under stress and strain. That's not to suggest that this earnest dramedy won't have its detractors. Some cynics might balk at the pic's sentimental denouement. And this movie's unfortunate profanity—especially those misuses of Jesus' name—may drive it out of bounds for family-focused viewers who would likely appreciate its significant, positive themes the most. Pro-social ContentObjectionable ContentSummary AdvisoryPlot SummaryChristian BeliefsOther Belief SystemsAuthority RolesProfanity/ViolenceKissing/Sex/HomosexualityDiscussion TopicsAdditional Comments/NotesEpisode Reviews]]>
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  • Wknd Box Office: The Magnificent Seven, Queen of Katwe, Storks, The Hollars
    Blog Posts Movie Reviews Storks – Rated PG: This dumb, cockamamie “kids” movie was soooooo incredibly annoying. And the very stupid story looked like it was slapped together by a two-year-old (with apologies to two-year-olds for the comparison with the writers of this crappy waste of time). In an era–and in a year–when there are so many far-superior animated kids’ movies, this falls stunningly flat. It also highlights the lack of good, original story-telling that apparently befuddles so many in Hollywood. I was surprised at the silliness of this movie. Plus it is very slow and very boring. The animation is fine, but nothing outstanding. Just the basics that we’ve already come to expect, given today’s technology. Pixar this ain’t. Not even close. The “story” (if you can call it that): storks used to deliver babies to new parents. But it was too hard, and they had so many near-accidents. So, now, they are out of that business and into something else. Today, the storks are delivery men for a giant Amazon.com-like company, called “CornerStore.com.” The main character stork in the movie is about to be promoted to “boss” by the CEO stork. But, first, he has to attend to the orphan girl who lives in the company’s facility in the sky. She’s left over from the days of when the storks used to deliver newborns. Unfortunately, the girl and the stork accidentally set off the old factory machinery from those days, and a new baby is delivered. The rest of the movie basically follows the stork and the orphan girl trying to brave the elements and other obstacles in order to deliver the baby to its family. (The cutest–and only interesting–scene is when the two are trying to escape a very smart and resourceful pack of wolves.) Meanwhile, the orphan girl longs to find her own family and be united with them, after all these years. And, at the same time, a “Valley Guy-esque” stool pigeon is telling on them to the CEO because the pigeon wants to be boss instead of the stork. While all of this is going on, a young boy wants a baby brother because his real estate agent parents are neglectful and devoted to their jobs instead of him. So, he begins building a giant amusement-park on the family home’s roof, in order to attract a delivery stork. At the end of the movie, the storks accidentally set off the baby factory, and thousands of kids pop out. So the storks have to deliver them to their families. This is exactly when I thought to myself, “here’s where the political correctness starts and we see gay families and so on getting deliveries.” Sure enough, Hollywood never disappoints the PC crowd. You see all-female and all-male couples getting baby deliveries. Soooo predictable. The first ex-Mrs. Brad Pitt (Jennifer Aniston) and Andy Samberg voice characters in this movie. I’m not a fan of either. Believe me, I’m making this dumb story sound far better than it is. This is a snoozer, and pointless. But kids will probably love the colors. ONE-AND-A-HALF MARXES ]]>
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