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The Hollars: Movie Review

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The Hollars, a new movie from actor/director John Krasinski (The Office, 13 Hours), feels personal. It will if you can relate to having a parent go through any serious medical crisis, or if you've dealt with divorce, or the anxiety that can come with becoming a parent for the first time. It really has a lot in it and going for it.

In the beginning, we meet John Hollar (Krasinski). Unhappy with life, John's thrown into an even deeper whirlwind when his mother (Margo Martindale) is rushed to the hospital. His current circumstances (as he sees it), with pregnant girlfriend Rebecca (Anna Kendrick), and past collide when he returns to his small hometown. There, he's confronted with some big life questions and choices, all while trying to reconnect with his dad (Richard Jenkins) and brother (Sharlto Copley).

This talented cast brings to life a beautifully written story about a family in the midst of crisis, with moments of laughter and love throughout. Martindale, as John's mom Sally, is simply magnificent. Jenkins and Copley, and everyone else really, round the cast out perfectly. They'll make you laugh and cry.

Refreshingly, The Hollars plays a few faith cards. One notable way is in the inclusion of a Christian character -- a helpful, non-judgmental youth pastor, played by Josh Groban. There's a scene between Copley's character and Groban's that's especially good.

Rated PG-13 for brief language and some thematic material, The Hollars does warrant caution for parents. Also, keep in mind that the foul language includes vain uses of Jesus' name.

The Hollars is a sweet movie. It's got a lot of heart and will tug on yours.

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