Aspiring NYC 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 as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, and over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of his mother’s operation.
John Krasinski’s second film as actor-director is a bittersweet ensemble comedy-drama about a dysfunctional clan brought together by the life-threatening illness of its beloved matriarch.
The film follows John Hollar, a struggling New York City graphic novelist, who is forced to return home when his mother Sally is diagnosed with a brain tumor. 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 overeager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend Rebecca (Anna Kendrick) in New York.
When salty, good-humored matriarch Sally Hollar (Martindale) has a seizure while working a curling wand, Dr. Fong (Park) informs the family that she has an advanced brain tumor. Her distraught husband of 38 years, Don (Richard Jenkins), blames himself for sending her to Jenny Craig in response to various symptoms. He calls Rebecca (Anna Kendrick) in New York, who steps into action, getting her long-term boyfriend and the Hollars’ youngest son, John (Krasinski), on a plane home.
The Hollars is an American comedy-drama film directed by John Krasinski and written by James C. Strouse. The film stars an ensemble cast led by Krasinski, and featuring Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Josh Groban, Randall Park, and Mary Kay Place.
Directed by: John Krasinski
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Krasinski, Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Margo Martindale, Mary Kay Place, Ashley Dyke, Didi Costine
Screenplay by: James C. Strouse
Production Design by: Daniel B. Clancy
Cinematography by: Eric Alan Edwards
Film Editing by: Heather Persons
Costume Design by: Caroline Eselin
Set Decoration by: Gretchen Gattuso
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief language and some thematic material.
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: August 12, 2016