8.3/10 (IMDB)

The Holdovers

2h 12m Comedy

The Holdovers

From acclaimed director Alexander Payne (Nebraska), this film follows a curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school who 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.


Alexander Payne


Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa






United States



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  • "THE HOLDOVERS s is proof that we need more thoughtful, studied, loving, and irresistible human stories on screen. It certainly helps, however, when Alexander Payne is at the helm."
    - Slashfilm
  • "Life is messy, and THE HOLDOVERS never loses sight of that truth. But the film never becomes self-indulgent either."
    - Entertainment WeeklyMaureen
  • "THE HOLDOVERS is a wonderful revelation from an excellent director who proves he’s still able to take us by surprise."
    - Collider
  • "THE HOLDOVERS is a film about class and race, grief and resentment, opportunity and entitlement. It’s that rare exception to the oft-heard complaint that “they don’t make ’em like they used to.”"
    - Variety
  • "There’s an emotional restraint in both the performances and the film surrounding them, despite the time of the year, and when a light sprinkling of sugar does come in the last act it feels earned."
    - The Guardian


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