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The Holdovers

Opens on November 17

Director: Alexander Payne Run Time: 133 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2023

Starring: Brady Hepner, Carrie Preston, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa, Paul Giamatti

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.

“The Holdovers kicks off with all the grumpy cynicism of Payne’s past classics such as Election and Nebraska, but there’s a touch of holiday sweetness as it explores the deepening bonds between [the ensemble].” ~ David Sims, The Atlantic

“It’s a lighthearted film on the surface, but themes of grief, loss, and the fear of mortality for teenage boys who know they might be drafted and sent to Vietnam at any moment run beneath the beat of the plot.”~ Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

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