2024 Oscar Nominee for Best Picture and Best Actor – Paul Giamatti
2023 Golden Globe Winner – Best Actor in a Comedy – Paul Giamatti
From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) 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 (newcomer Dominic Sessa) — and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph). (R, 2h 13m)
“Paul Giamatti is absolute perfection as a Grinchy teacher who learns a hard lesson in empathy over a winter school break. All the actors shine in this exuberant movie gift from director Alexander Payne that has all the makings of a new holiday classic.” – Peter Travers, ABC News
“It’s the warmest cinematic experience you’ll have all year.” – Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
“Funny and rueful, The Holdovers seems beamed in from another time in cinema history, when wordy and thoughtful little movies like this were in healthier supply.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
96%/90% Critic/Audience RT Consensus!