The Holdovers Movie Review


The Holdovers Movie Review(Seacia Pavao/Focus Features)
Movie The Holdovers
Type Holiday, Comedy
Director Alexander Payne
Producer  Mark Johnson, Bill Block, David Hemingson
Writer David Hemingson
Release Date (Theaters)   Wide
Distributor Focus Features
Cast & Crew Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa, Carrie Preston, Brandy Hepner, Ian Dolley, Jim Kalpan, Michael Provost, Andrew Garman, Naheem Garcia, Stephen Thorne, Gillian Vigman

“The Holdovers,” which is directed by Alexander Payne. They mention that in some of his earlier films, people accused Payne of making fun of his characters, but this movie is different.

In “The Holdovers,” Payne seems to genuinely care about the characters.


The story is set in the early 1970s and follows a strict professor named Paul Hunham, played by Paul Giamatti.

He works at a fancy school but isn’t well-liked by students or staff because he’s grumpy and gives out bad grades.

During the Christmas break, a few students have to stay at the school, and Paul ends up taking care of them, including a student named Angus and the head cook Mary.

Paul, Angus, and Mary are all at different points in their lives, but they start to have an impact on each other in a heartwarming way.

The movie is about how sometimes, a stranger can change the course of your life when you least expect it. It deals with life’s unpredictability.

Paul is like a father figure to Angus, and Mary is like a mother figure.

Mary is grieving the loss of her son in the Vietnam War, and Angus is a smart but troubled teenager.

They all start to understand each other better and form an unlikely bond.

Despite the serious themes, the movie is consistently funny. Paul Giamatti’s grumpy character provides humor, and the young actor playing Angus, Dominic Sessa, is a standout.

He brings energy and charm to the film.

The writer mentions that while the movie follows a familiar formula of people forming makeshift families and learning life lessons, it feels fresh because it rings true.

It’s relatable because everyone has experienced unexpected friendships or mentorships that have changed their lives.

“The Holdovers” is a smart, funny movie with characters you’ll root for because they feel like people you know.

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