The Holdovers

A curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker — and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam.

  • Released: 2023-11-10
  • Runtime: 133 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Stars: Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Carrie Preston, Gillian Vigman, Dustin Tucker, Bill Mootos, Paul Giamatti, Dan Aid, Colleen Clinton, Brady Hepner, Jim Kaplan, Michael Provost, Andrew Garman, Naheem Garcia, Stephen Thorne, Tate Donovan, Alexander Cook, Liz Bishop, Cole Tristan Murphy, Will Sussbauer, Carter Shimp
  • Director: Alexander Payne
  • Quethinks - 14 June 2024
    A beautiful tale about grief and parental friendship.
    So I watched The Holdovers, directed by Alexander Payne, and it was a Great film. The performances by everyone, especially Paul Giamatti, are spectacular, and they all deserve the awards they're got for this movie.

    The cinematography is also something to marvel at, with the old film grain really tying the movie together with it being set in the 1970s. Also, this film is super emotional, so expected that going in. The writing is also sharp in this, with the teenagers actually sounding like teenagers, and one character has a nice arc the film shifts to focus on.

    If I had one problem, it would be that I want to spend more time with the other holdovers, but I guess you have to focus on the characters that are the most interesting, which are Paul, Da'Vine, and Dominic characters.

    So even though that was one issue I had with the film, I really think this film is solid and deserves the hype it is getting. I think you should definitely check it out for the upcoming holiday season.
  • MovieswDan - 20 May 2024
    One of my favorites from 2023!
    The Holdovers starring Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Randolph, and Dominic Sessa is currently streaming on Prime video. I really wanted to see this movie while it was in theaters but unfortunately, I lost track of time and found myself having to wait until it came out on streaming. The movie was directed by Alexander Payne and written by David Hemingson and is one of my favorite movies from the year 2023.

    I absolutely loved this movie and rated is a 9.5/10. The directing, writing, and acting, was absolutely amazing. Director Alexander Payne went through great lengths to make the movie feel as if it were made in the 1970s rather than in 2023. He and his crew achieved this by shooting all scenes on location with zero soundstages or sets. They also edited the film in a certain way to give an older feel to it. It is no surprise that film editor Kevin Tent received an Oscar nomination for his efforts. The film was beautifully written and should be considered a masterpiece by screenwriter David Hemingson who earned an Oscar nod as well. To be frank, I am unsure how either Tent or Hemingson did not end up taking home the statue. Someone who did take home the statue was Da'Vine Randolph who won Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mary Lamb. Paul Giamatti delivered likely his best performance of his career and in my opinion could have beaten Cillian Murphy for Best Lead Actor. Fun fact: Giamatti's character sports a lazy eye which earns him the nickname of "wall eye." This presence of the lazy eye stemmed from Giamatti pulling a prank on his co-star, Dominic Sessa, before eventually being incorporated into the scrip

    This masterpiece of a movie shows us that we are never too old to grow as individuals. It truly warmed my heart and I strongly recommend giving this one a watch!
  • nsmattox - 7 May 2024
    The Holdovers: A Poignant Reflection on Love, Loss, and Redemption
    "The Holdovers" is a cinematic gem that shines bright with its moving portrayal of human emotions and the enduring power of hope in the face of adversity. This thought-provoking film weaves together a tapestry of interconnected stories that resonate with authenticity and emotional depth, leaving a lasting impact on audiences long after the credits roll.

    Directed with finesse and sensitivity, "The Holdovers" boasts a stellar ensemble cast that delivers standout performances across the board. From the seasoned veterans to the up-and-coming talents, each actor brings a depth and nuance to their characters that elevate the film to a higher plane of storytelling.

    The film's narrative unfolds like a tapestry, with intertwining storylines that explore themes of love, loss, forgiveness, and the human capacity for resilience. As the characters navigate their own personal struggles and triumphs, the audience is taken on an emotional rollercoaster that tugs at the heartstrings and prompts introspection.

    "The Holdovers" has garnered critical acclaim and prestigious awards recognition for its exceptional storytelling and performances. The film has received multiple award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and acting accolades for its talented cast. Among its wins are awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble Cast, and Best Supporting Actor, underscoring the film's undeniable quality and impact.

    With its poignant storytelling, evocative cinematography, and soul-stirring musical score, "The Holdovers" is a cinematic experience that transcends the screen, inviting viewers to reflect on the complexities of the human experience and the enduring power of love and redemption. With a rating of 9/10, this film stands as a testament to the transformative power of cinema and the beauty of storytelling that touches the soul.