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The Hollars

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Uneven dysfunction dramedy benefits from strong cast.

Movie PG-13 2016 105 minutes
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age 12+

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This movie is an empathetic, sometimes funny exploration of a dysfunctional family desperately trying to be functional in the face of bad news. Unfortunately, The Hollars can get in its own way. For starters, Krasinski, who also directed, overuses music in the movie, as if unwilling to trust that audiences will understand its emotional beats without hit-you-over-the-head cues. And the characters would be better served if they were painted with a light touch of quirk, as opposed to the caricatures that many of them become.

Still, you can't over-emphasize the depth of the cast's talents. They're led by a stupendous Martindale, who grounds the film in compassion, gravitas, and perfect comedic timing. Ditto Jenkins. Thank goodness the cast has such a winning chemistry, or else The Hollars would fade into the background. As it stands, it's memorable enough to warrant a watch.

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