The Hollars

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The Hollars
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Krasinski
Written byJim Strouse
Produced by
  • John Krasinski
  • Ben Nearn
  • Tom Rice
  • Allyson Seeger
CinematographyEric Alan Edwards
Edited byTerel Gibson
Music byJosh Ritter
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • January 24, 2016 (2016-01-24) (Sundance)
  • August 26, 2016 (2016-08-26) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.8 million[1]
Box office$1.1 million[2]

The Hollars is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by John Krasinski and written by James C. Strouse. The film stars an ensemble cast led by Krasinski, starring Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick and Margo Martindale. The world premiere took place at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016, and it was released on August 26, 2016, by Sony Pictures Classics.


Struggling New York City graphic novelist John Hollar learns that his mother, Sally is diagnosed with a brain tumor, and joins his brother, Ron, and father, Don, by her side. Her attending physician Dr. Fong tells them that the tumor is scheduled to be removed later that week. John is also facing the birth of his first child with his girlfriend Rebecca. Ron is spying on his ex-wife Stacey, whom he divorced years ago, but he is confronted by her new partner Reverend Dan. John meets his high school classmate and mother's nurse Jason, who married Gwen, John's ex-fiancée. Jason rightly suspects that Gwen only married him after becoming pregnant with their child, and still has feelings for John.

Don is forced to work at the wine shop to support his failing plumbing business. At night, Ron sneaks inside Stacey's house to see his two daughters, but is subsequently arrested by the police when Stacey finds out. He is immediately bailed when Rev. Dan learns how much he loves his kids. One day before her operation, John and Sally sneak out of the hospital to enjoy her last meal. On the day of the operation, the doctors successfully remove the tumor, but later, she dies with Don at her side. Don emotionally reads a letter Sally wrote before she died. Rev. Dan marries John and Rebecca, and later, in the middle of their mother's funeral, John, Ron, and Don rush Rebecca to the hospital as she goes into labor.



On May 5, 2014, it was announced John Krasinski would direct the film, with Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins joining the cast.[3] Principal photography and production began on July 15, 2014, and ended on August 15, 2014.[4][5] Principal photography took place on location in Mississippi, including Brookhaven, Jackson[6] and Canton.[7] According to Krasinski, editing was completed on January 16, 2015.[8] Josh Ritter composed the film's score.[9]


The Hollars premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016.[10] On January 29, 2016, Sony Pictures Classics acquired all rights to its United States and Asia release.[11] The film was released on August 26, 2016, by Sony Pictures Classics.[12]


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 46%, based on 93 reviews, with an average rating of 5.40/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Hollars gathers an impressive assortment of talented stars; unfortunately, it's all in service of a story that's been played out more effectively in countless other indie dramedies."[13] Metacritic gives the film a score of 53 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]


Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: AnTEENcipated Anna Kendrick Nominated [15]


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  11. ^ McNary, Dave (January 29, 2016). "Sundance: John Krasinski's 'The Hollars' Bought by Sony Classics". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
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  14. ^ "The Hollars reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
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