The Hollars Review and Recap – If you missed The Hollars when it was in the theaters you can now catch it airing on Starz and it is certainly worth a watch.
The Hollars Review and Recap
When Mrs. Sally Hollar (Margo Martindale) has a seizure, the resulting trip to the hospital and the protocol of tests reveal she has a brain tumor. John Hollar comes home and in the midst of crisis in confronted with a jumbo portion of family dysfunction.
Watching The Hollars is a wonderful opportunity to watch two of the very best actors on the planet, Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins, perform together. When it comes to expression, body language, voice, timing, delivery of lines – Martindale and Jenkins are masterful.
The Hollars is about the wonderful, awful, and awkward mess that life can present us with. And, it’s usually more than one mess. Don’s business is on the verge of bankruptcy. Ron is unemployed and living at his parent’s home. John is about to become a father and not sure of anything.
Sharlto Copley does a wonderful job of playing the rudderless, oblivious Ron Hollar. And a real treat are the scenes between Ron and his ex-wife’s new significant other Reverend Dan (Josh Groban). Rather than being an easy target for Ron’s pent up frustration, Reverend Dan turns out to be exactly who Ron needs right now.
There is a moment when Don confesses to John that “it is just terrifying to find out this late in your life what you should have done” where the bottom just drops out and Jenkins makes the otherwise flaky Don Hollar incredibly sympathetic.
One of the themes that The Hollars underscores is that a sure-fire way of disappointing someone is to worry and obsess about disappointing them – better to stay in the moment and love. In a wonderfully intimate scene when Sally and John admit to one another that they’re terrified – she of dignity-stripping necessity of shaving her head for the upcoming surgery and he of his discovery that Rebecca is having twins – they let down the façade and as result are truly able to comfort each other.
The Hollars odds and ends:
- Another highlight is Don, Ron, and John singing Indigo Girls.
- Margo Martindale’s face as she’s being wheeled to surgery is amazing.
- One of my favorite scenes is Reverend Dan asking Ron (who is handcuffed in the back of a cop car) if he wants to get a cup of coffee and talk about it – Ron responds with an irony-free “No, I’m fine.”
The Hollars Review and Recap characters and cast include:
Don Hollar – Richard Jenkins (Berlin Station, Step Brothers, Olive Kitteridge, God’s Pocket, Jack Reacher, White House Down, Killing Them Softly, Eat Pray Love, Burn After Reading, Six Feet Under, Absolute Power)
Sally Hollar – Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby, August: Osage County, The Americans, Sneaky Pete, The Good Wife, The Millers, Heaven Is for Real, Justified, Mercy, Dexter, 28 Days)
Ron Hollar – Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent, The A Team)
John Hollar – John Krasinski (The Office, 13 Hours, Away We Go, Jack Ryan)
Rebecca – Anna Kendrick (50/50, Up In the Air, Into the Woods, Pitch Perfect, Twilight)
Dr. Fong – Randall Park (The Interview, Trainwreck, Veep, Fresh Off the Boat, The Night Before, The Mindy Project)
Stacey – Ashley Dyke (Hello Ladies, 12 Years a Slave, Dependent’s Day)
Reverend Dan – Josh Groban
Jason – Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pacific Rim, Horrible Bosses, Third Watch)
Pam – Mark Kay Place (Lady Dynamite, Grace and Frankie, Getting On, Miss Meadows, Big Love, Sweet Home Alabama)
Pedro – Gus Sanchez
Gwen – Mary Elizabeth Winsted (10 Cloverfield Lane, Fargo, Mercy Street, The Returned, Kill the Messenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Live Free or Die Hard)