The Hollars

Trailer for The Hollars, starring John Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins and Anna Kendrick.

John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. 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 girlfriend in New York. From a script by Jim Strouse that is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, John Krasinski’s second directing feature is a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship.The Hollars marks the return of John Krasinski to directing features. The actor, who even directed a few episodes of The Office, helmed his first feature in 2009 with .

Though scenes involving an airport only represent about ten minutes of the film’s running time, it took nearly a day’s worth of time to get those ten minutes in the can.

The film premiered at the , where it received mixed reviews. That didn’t stop Sony Pictures Classics, however, as the distributor picked up the film the same day it screened.

The Hollars Trailer Screencap
The trailer for The Hollars opens on an awesome note. When you squeeze Krasinski, Copley, Jenkins, Park and Martindale in a hospital room, magic is bound to happen. I couldn’t help but laugh when symptoms of cancer are blamed on a “weight thing.” Classic.

The rest of the trailer gets a bit more dramatic after that, leaving the audience to ponder this incredible ensemble cast. To top it off, you have ‘s Sharlto Copley, who looks perfectly comfortable getting away from his more eccentric roles to do a dramedy. That guy continues to impress, but I digress…

While The Hollars looks like a respectable drama, I can understand why Sony Pictures Classics picked it up for a limited theatrical release. The film’s cast is strong, sure, but the story might not be enough to bring out the audiences in droves. I myself will hold out for a premium network viewing.
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