CAST: Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa DIRECTOR: Alexander Payne
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).
[A] consistently smart, funny movie about people who are easy to root for and like the ones we know.Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
Their misery is our gain as filmmaker Alexander Payne reunites with his Sideways star Giamatti for another comedy of thwarted lives that perfectly evokes the 1970s in look, sound and cinematic satisfaction; there's a fully developed story told herePeter Howell Toronto Star