Holly on Hollywood – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Holly on Hollywood
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
by Holly McClure

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a biographical drama based on the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fame and journalist Tom Junod. Matthew Rhys plays Lloyd Vogel (based on Junod but told with liberties), a hard-hitting investigative reporter assigned by his editor (Christine Lahti) to do a “puff piece” on Mister Rogers for a 1998 Esquire Magazine issue on “Heroes.”  Through several meetings, Vogel finds that he himself is vulnerable to Fred’s kindness and insight into the human heart and ultimately, finds his own life fundamentally transformed by the beloved TV personality.
The PG rating is for mature themes, alcohol use and a father and son briefly fight. Hanks embodies Rogers, who impacted generations of young and old who grew up watching him on TV. Hanks doesn’t so much emulate Rogers (no high voice just a gentle, friendly tone) as embody who the man was: a teacher who never stopped teaching, and a man who preached kindness, compassion, forgiveness and patience, as he looked into the camera and made everyone feel like he was talking to them! The story starts off as if you’re watching Roger’s introduction to his show but adults quickly realize, the story is aimed at mature audiences. There are heartwarming moments when people recognize Rogers on the subway, intense moments when Rogers tries to use puppets to get a message across to Vogel, and a touching, emotional scene, when Roger’s pays a visit to Vogel’s dying father.  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a must-see movie, with powerful messages for pre-teens to adults about forgiveness, kindness, controlling anger, tapping into emotions, finding joy in life and loving one another…a message everyone in the neighborhood could use!
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”

~Holly On Hollywood~


Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative writer, filmographer, radio and television host, author, and pundit for family values, has established her media expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment. Holly was the first ‘family film critic’ syndicated in over 365 newspapers by The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on various media outlets and can now be seen on Uplift TV, Parables movie channel, and thelaundrymoms.com.

In 2002, Holly was asked by Mel Gibson to film the behind-the-scenes interviews for “The Passion of the Christ”. She produced a one hour special, “The Making of The Passion of the Christ”, that aired on TBN and ION. She has since produced numerous press features for various films (The Passion Of The Christ, Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, etc.) and is listed on IMDB .

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother and mentor, passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!

For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com

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