Please Give (2010)

Please Give
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Nudity, coarse language and sexual references

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Actors: Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Kevin Corrigan

Kate (Catherine Keener) has a lot on her mind. There‘s the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store (and how much mark-up can she get away with?). There‘s the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter (Sarah Steele) to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There‘s the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business, and life with her husband Alex (Oliver Platt) but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And there‘s Kate‘s free-floating 21st century malaise - the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness, and sadness are always right outside the door.

Status: QuickPick
Run time: 87mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Member Reviews (17)

Autumn Sadie
Dry comedy, may not appeal to all... 3 stars
Posted Saturday, 9 November 2013 See my other reviews
This was a movie I got to the end of and thought what was the point?
Posted Friday, 5 July 2013 See my other reviews
A really well crafted human comedy. I found myself under it's spell from the get go. There is no sensationalism but many of the topics covered are things we all agonise over in life from time to time. The individual personalities are very well defined and believable and none seem out of kilter. Some genuinely funny moments helped this along.
Posted Wednesday, 13 March 2013 See my other reviews
not as good as expected, though rhere were some funny parts that one could have a laugh
Posted Friday, 6 July 2012 See my other reviews
Mike Brindley
Almost archetypal New York indie pic, but this one feels unfocussed. The characters are confused but so is the filmmaker. It's satiric, but too gentle to have any bite and meanders to a stop rather than an end.
Posted Wednesday, 18 April 2012 See my other reviews
Pity about most of the other reviewers, who clearly don't 'get' the kinds of film writer & director Nicole Holofcener makes. Her subject matter, again & again, concerns the texture of everyday life -- the mundane and the human and the fleeting experiences of resolution. Catherine Keener -- who surely must be her favourite actor -- is here once again, playing the kind of character she does so well: quietly yearning for some kind of moral or existential authenticity. There are light moments here, and wit, linked to realistic situations and finely observed foibles. And while the possibility of bitterness and disillusionment is always there, what lifts the film and ultimately satisfies is the clear compassion Holofcener has for her characters. Far from being depressing, this film, like her others, form a humanistic study in what it means to be a person, in relation to others and oneself.
Posted Thursday, 22 March 2012 See my other reviews
Nigel W
A married couple start questioning their marriage with the wife wanting to do social good. OK drama that offers some interesting insights into a tired relationship.
Posted Friday, 3 February 2012 See my other reviews
This film is full of shallow and boring characters, will leave you feeling empty and disillusioned.
Posted Thursday, 5 January 2012 See my other reviews
Boring. A movie about the petty domestic dramas of mostly unlikeable people. No resolution to any of the minor questions posed, oh except that the daughter gets a pair of jeans. Yep, that's pretty much the climax. The highlights were the opening and closing credits, and the trailer.
Posted Monday, 12 December 2011 See my other reviews
pretty average
Posted Thursday, 15 September 2011 See my other reviews
Lovely film. Great characters and some really terrific acting.
Posted Monday, 9 May 2011 See my other reviews
I can't understand all the bad reviews this film has received! Its quirky, amusing and real - thoroughly enjoyed.
Posted Friday, 22 April 2011 See my other reviews
Posted Tuesday, 19 April 2011 See my other reviews
Ann E.
Very disappointing movie all round, just seemed to be a lot of nothing about nothing inparticular? ? ? ? What can you expect from a film that starts with different women having mamograms taken! ! ! !
Posted Friday, 1 April 2011 See my other reviews
I put this on my queue because it has Oliver Platt in it, whom I like as an actor. But even with my slightly rose/oliver coloured glasses on I can't say it's terribly good. A few wealthy people experience some first world problems (bad skin, people dying of old age, and a mother who won't buy expensive jeans etc) and one of them feels so guilty she occasionally gives $20 to homeless people. It's actually pretty tedious and I kept waiting for something to happen. Some small but decent performances from all the actors stop it being a complete waste of time but only just. (2 and a half stars really)
Posted Sunday, 27 March 2011 See my other reviews
a real surprise.did not expect much but this was funny
Posted Friday, 25 March 2011 See my other reviews
I wrote this film title down following a David and Margaret review and was looking forward to it coming to DVD. However, it was a let-down and I truly cannot see what they saw in it. It is just so exceptionally tedious with lukewarm performances and terribly unlikeable characters (even the ones that are probably supposed to come across as warm). One star is probably a stretch.
Posted Monday, 7 February 2011 See my other reviews
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