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The Holdovers

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Movie
2023
2h 13m
English
Comedy, Drama
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.
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Paul Giamatti
Paul Hunham
Dominic Sessa
Angus Tully
Carrie Preston
Miss Lydia Crane
Brady Hepner
Teddy Kountze
Ian Dolley
Alex Ollerman
Jim Kaplan
Ye-Joon Park
Michael Provost
Jason Smith
Andrew Garman
Dr. Hardy Woodrup
Stephen Thorne
Thomas Tully
Gillian Vigman
Judy Clotfelter
Tate Donovan
Stanley Clotfelter
Bill Mootos
Mr. Endicott
Dustin Tucker
Mr. Rosensweig
Alexander Cook
Priest / Bartender
Liz Bishop
Office Lady
Cole Tristan Murphy
Toothbrushing Student
Carter Shimp
Weed Buyer Harriman
Michael Malvesti
Christmas Tree Guy
Dakota Lustick
Christmas Tree Helper
Directed By: Alexander Payne
Written By: David Hemingson

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Xiofire says...
7 months ago
The warm, authentic 70s vibe emanating from this movie really is something. From the film grain, the lofi credits, the static camera with pan and zoom only, it really sells the aesthetic right from the jump and never lets up. On craft alone, The Holdovers is a worthy watch, but that would be a disservice to the melancholic-yet-heartwarming tale being told. While you could argue that the plot is one of trope and predictability, the warm blanket it provides is perfectly fitting, and offers just the right stage to explore these three unusual characters. A lovely story about connection and finding friendship in the unlikeliest people, The Holdovers is a delightful movie that I can't recommend enough, especially with it being the season and all.
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lancebridges says...
7 months ago
Quintessential holiday classic…might just make it a yearly tradition. Giamatti masterclass
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JimDarko says...
7 months ago
The beauty of Christmas is the inherent sadness that underlies the holiday. Whether it be due to the amplified loneliness during the season, or memories of the joys of Christmas past. It’s part of the spirit of this movie and it lends itself to the idea of finding your people when you need them most. It feels like it’s been too long since I watched a movie about people just connecting as people. I loved it.
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neereis says...
5 months ago
I'm still mesmerized by how good this movie is! Unique! Sensitive! The kind that hugs you while it's happening and hugs you even tighter when it's over. But it needed just one scene: years later, on Christmas Eve, Angus opens a present. The first edition of "Entre Nous", the dedication reads "to my nephew Leonard..."
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Featured User Reviews

ben.teves
7 months ago
When my filmmaker friend told me this movie was the best thing he’d seen this year, I knew it had to be good. But wow, did it exceed my expectations. I agree - this is absolutely the best film I have seen this year.

From the top, you’re hit with the 1970s pastiche all over this movie and there More
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Jordyep
6/10  7 months ago
This makes me miss 90s Alexander Payne. _The Holdovers_ is a warm blanket film, and while it's one of the better films in that 'genre', I think it’s hard to argue for this being better than just fine. As per usual with Payne, its biggest strength is the (comedic) voice that's found in the dialogue More
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AndrewBloom
CONTAINS SPOILERS9/10  5 months ago
[8.9/10] A title like *The Holdovers* has a double meaning. On a basic level, it’s simply the technical term for the three individuals--a teacher, a student, and a kitchen manager--all spending their holiday break on the grounds of the New England boarding school they call home during the year.

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badelf
3 months ago
Awesome heartwarming Christmas cheer. Loved the pacing, loved the tempo of the reveal, and loved the character arches. Not sure it's as repeatable as Wonderful Life or (original) Miracle on 34th. Ask me in a few Xmases.
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