True to Sony Pictures Classics, the trailer for The Hollars was either going to be super sad, or that wacky sort of poignant family humor that has become popular over the last decade. It is definitely the later. Directed by and starting John Krasinski, The Hollars focuses on a struggling artist as he tries to get his life in line, while juggling his sick mother and pregnant girlfriend. The film also stars Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Groban and Randall Park. Oh and yes, it’s that Josh Groban.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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 Krasinski’s second feature is a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship.
The Hollars is in limited release August 26th, before releasing nationwide.