The Holdovers streaming date: When will it be available to watch?

Dominic Sessa and Paul Giamatti in The Holdovers
(Image credit: Alamy)

The Holdovers is already getting some serious Oscar buzz. Reuniting star Paul Giamatti and director Alexander Payne, the movie is about a boarding school teacher (Giamatti) who is forced to chaperone a student (Dominic Sessa) who has nowhere to go over the Christmas break.

Giamatti and Payne already teamed up once in Sideways, an Academy Award-nominated success that garnered Payne a Best Adapted Screenplay win. The Holdovers already seems set up to repeat this success, with critics and audiences both showering it with praise on Rotten Tomatoes, where it holds an impressive 96% "fresh" rating.

So with this movie already doing great in theaters, it's no surprise that people are interested to see when it will finally be available on one of the best streaming services. Let's break down where you should be able to stream The Holdovers and when you can expect it to hit a streaming service.

Where to stream The Holdovers

Where will The Holdovers be available for streaming?

There are quite a few streaming services that could be the home for The Holdovers, but we can confirm that The Holdovers will be on Peacock

The movie is distributed by Focus Features, which is owned by Universal Pictures. That means it's part of NBCUniversal, which almost always puts its new movies on Peacock once they're available for streaming. If you head over to Peacock right now, there's even a whole Universal Pictures and Focus Features section to showcase movies that were distributed by Focus Features — just like The Holdovers.

The Holdovers streaming release date

When is The Holdovers streaming release date?

Based on previous Focus Features releases on Peacock like Book Club: The Next Chapter, Asteroid City and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, I guessed that The Holdovers was going to hit streaming just before Christmas (Dec. 25).

And I was so close. The Holdovers will be released on Peacock on December 29 (h/t Variety). That means you can sit down and enjoy it from the comfort of your own home over the holiday break — you can even consider it a belated Christmas present. Given that this was one of the best movies of the year, earning three Golden Globe nominations and the number two spot on my personal top 10 movies of the year, it's a pretty good present to get.

If you can't wait for The Holdovers to hit streaming, or want to own the movie for yourself, I have good news. Right now, you can buy or rent The Holdovers from multiple paid video-on-demand services, including Amazon.

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Malcolm McMillan
Senior Streaming Writer

Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.

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  • O.G.27
    I actually got to see it last night since I'm an AARP member, and I must say it is a very heart felt movie. Both actors brought out the best of eachother in that movie. I really related to Mary another character in the movie! 10/10 from me.