Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Hollars 2016

     John Hollar is an aspiring graphic novelist and he lives in New York City with his girlfriend Rebecca.  They are about to become first time parents.  John gets a call that his mother has had a seizure at home.  She’s in the hospital in Ohio and she has a brain tumor that requires surgery.  John goes to the hospital and he stays at the family home with his brother Ron.  He learns the family business is underwater and his dad Don has fired Ron because he can’t pay him or the other employees.  Ron has been living at home since he was fired.  Everyone in the family is worried about Sally and her surgery.        
     There are funny moments in this film but sad ones as well.  Ron hasn’t gotten over his divorce from his wife Stacy.  He sits outside her house in his car and she is now married to Reverend Dan.  Ron also misses his two daughters.  John wonders if his ex-girlfriend Gwen still has feelings for him.  So many complications and now Sally has a brain tumor?  3* (This movie is OK)

88 min, Comedy directed by John Krasinski with Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick, Randall Park, Ashley Dyke, Isabela Costine, Didi Costine, Josh Groban, Mary Kay Place.

Note:  Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 44% critic 61% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 395 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Brookhaven, Jackson and Canton, Mississippi.  Krasinski and Groban previously worked together on The Office of 2005.

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