The Holdovers is a long-awaited return to form for Alexander Payne, who manages here to tap into the core of humanity once again in the most unexpected place with the most ridiculous of people. Payne has a knack for showing off all different sides of life in his films, allowing for some truly unique and fresh perspectives in the world of cinema and beyond. The Descendants dealt with grief and reality in such powerful ways, while Nebraska shone a light on small town living and how quiet that life can be sometimes. Both films touch on families and their dynamics in bold, confronting manners as Payne never shies away from keeping things authentic. With The Holdovers, Payne once again shows us how much in common we have with those we feel we couldn’t be furthest from.
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