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.
ActorsStarring: Paul Giamatti, Dominic Sessa, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Carrie Preston, Brady Hepner, Ian Dolley, Jim Kaplan, Michael Provost, Andrew Garman, Naheem Garcia, Stephen Thorne, Gillian Vigman, Tate Donovan, Bill Mootos, Dustin Tucker, Darby Lee-Stack, Juanita Pearl, Alexander Cook, Liz Bishop, Cole Tristan Murphy, Will Sussbauer, Carter Shimp, Michael Malvesti, Dakota Lustick, Melissa McMeekin, Jonathan von Mering, Rena Maliszewski, Osmani Rodriguez, Oscar Wahlberg, Dan Aid, Mike Kaz, Kelly AuCoin, Colleen Clinton, Fred Robbins, David J. Curtis, Pamela Jayne Morgan, Davis Robinson, Joe Howell, Peter Krasinski, Greg Chopoorian, Ian Lyons, Kevin Fennessy
The Holdovers: A Poignant and Humorous Tale of Unexpected Friendship
The Holdovers, a 2023 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, is a heartwarming and humorous story about three unlikely individuals who find friendship and family during the Christmas holidays.
The film stars Paul Giamatti as Paul Hunham, a curmudgeonly history teacher at Barton Academy, a prestigious New England prep school. Paul is forced to remain on campus over the Christmas break to supervise a handful of students who are unable to return home for the holidays.
One of these students is Angus Coates (Dominic Sessa), a rebellious but troubled student who is grieving the loss of his father. Angus is initially resistant to Paul’s authority, but the two eventually form an unlikely bond as Paul helps Angus to come to terms with his grief.
The third member of this makeshift family is Mary Harris (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), the school’s head cook. Mary is a kind and compassionate woman who has recently lost her son in the Vietnam War. Mary and Paul find solace in each other’s company, and they help each other to heal from their respective losses.
Over the course of the two-week Christmas break, Paul, Angus, and Mary form a deep and meaningful bond. They learn to rely on each other for support, and they help each other to grow and change. By the end of the film, the three of them have become a true family.
The Holdovers is a poignant and heartwarming film that celebrates the power of friendship and the importance of family. It is a film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
Here are some of the things that critics have said about The Holdovers:
- “A beautifully made film with a warm and compassionate heart.” – The Hollywood Reporter
- “A funny and moving film about finding family where you least expect it.” – Variety
- “A must-see for anyone who has ever felt like a holdover.” – The New York Times
If you are looking for a heartwarming and humorous film to watch this holiday season, I highly recommend The Holdovers.