Movie review: Surprising acting, script inspires in ‘The Holdovers’


With Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph
Director: Alexander Payne
(In theaters only)

Many people often complain that Hollywood no longer films like Dead Poets Society don’t make Well, fear no more because The Holdovers tending quite in that direction.

It is again about the relationship between a teacher and a group of testosterone-infected boys who are on the verge of adulthood.

Unlike in Dead Poets Society is Paul Giamatti, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the teacher, a real old grunt. He likes no one, and no one likes him. Until he has to look after matric during Christmas week in the USA.

Fate dictates that only he, the chef and a confused, neurotic schoolboy, played surprisingly well by newcomer Dominic Sessa, are left alone over Christmas in the unfriendly, depressing building. What happens there changes especially the teacher’s life forever.

You might suspect what will happen, but it’s the comical and also sad journey to the soulful end The Holdovers so inspiring. If you are in a shopping center where it shows, and you are tired of the heat and the packages, go relax with popcorn and something to drink in a cool theater.

The Holdovers will shorten your time by two hours, and Giamatti stands a very good chance of winning the Oscar as best actor.

In theaters only.


Watch the trailer here.