John Hollar, a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother’s illness brings him home. 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 over-eager ex-girlfriend as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend in New York.
From a script by Jim Strouse that is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, John Krasiniski’s second feature is a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship.
THE HOLLARS is a film that has long been a part of my life, and as my role in making it evolved from actor to director, so too did my connection to this story. I fell in love with Jim Strouse's script and the honesty with which he looked at this family at this particular moment in time. For me, the movie struck a very personal chord, as I was about to start a family of my own, but my sincere hope for this film and the reason I am so drawn to this kind of human story, is that it will resonate differently with every person who sees it. Whatever your background or experience, big family or small, the family you were born into or the one you've created, The Hollars can be at once universal in its themes and uniquely personal in its heart and sense of humor. One of the greatest challenges here was to navigate those hairpin turns between humor and emotion in all the ways that make real life as joyful and funny as it is tragic – and often, most surprisingly, at the same time. I am so thrilled to bring this story to life, and to do it with this cast is simply surreal.
– John Krasinski