Pictures of Hollis Woods

Theatrical Release: December 2, 2007
Pictures of Hollis Woods


Abandoned as a baby, 12-year-old Hollis Woods (Jodelle Ferland) has been in more foster homes than she cares to remember. Edna Reilly (Alfre Woodard), her patient but persistent social worker, finally places Hollis with Josie Cahill (Sissy Spacek), a retired teacher who shares Hollis’s passion for art. But Josie begins exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s, and Hollis fears her days with Josie may be numbered.

Dove Review

Hollis Woods has not had a permanent home since she was born. When she is sent to Josie Cahill’s home, an artist and retired school teacher, she soon learns that she and Josie have a lot in common. Her defenses begin to drop and she finds herself feeling at home. She also winds up caring for Josie at times, who is becoming increasingly forgetful. There are some funny moments in the film, including Josie’s comment that, “Anything could happen. We could win a million dollars!” To which Hollis replies, “Or get hit by an asteroid!” Hollis deals with memories of her past, when she lived with a family she could have been happy with, if not for a terrible accident which drove her away.

This is a warm and sensitively told story, and newcomer Jodelle Ferland is a natural, giving a nuanced performance as young Hollis. There are some minor issues which we list in the content descriptions below. This is a warm holiday story and we award it our Dove Seal, along with five doves, our highest rating.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: A truck accident.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Josie, in her forgetfulness, runs a stop sign; Hollis lies to Josie to get out of school but she gets caught; a boy teaches Josie to drive his dad's truck without his parents knowing and his disobedience leads to an accident; Hollis drives Josie's car along with Josie to a spot and she doesn't know how to turn on the headlights.


Company: Hallmark Hall of Fame
Writer: Ann Peacock and Patricia Reilly Giff
Director: Tony Bill
Producer: Dan Paulson
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter