THE HOLLARS (M)

STAN, FOXTEL NOW

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Light come­dies about re­luc­tant vis­its home dur­ing a pe­riod of fam­ily cri­sis are a dime a dozen. This one works up a pleas­ing pass mark thanks to an eclec­tic cast re­spond­ing to the ma­te­rial with in­fec­tious en­ergy and com­mit­ment. John Krasin­ski (TV’s The Of­fice) di­rects and stars as John, a strug­gling New York il­lus­tra­tor re­called to the fam­ily home up­coun­try to see his gravely ill mother (Margo Martin­dale). John ar­rives to dis­cover the rest of the clan — in­clud­ing his work-ob­sessed dad (Richard Jenk­ins) and di­vorce-dis­tracted brother (Sharlto Co­p­ley) — in var­i­ous states of de­nial about what is really hap­pen­ing. Co-stars Anna Ken­drick, Char­lie Day.

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