Please Give (2010)

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In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.


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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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18 June 2010 (USA)  »

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$4,033,268 (USA) (15 October 2010)

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A solid character drama
19 May 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Please Give" is an independent, character drama. What I loved about this film was the interesting array of characters that it presented.

The characters that were on display for us to watch were all well written, fully-developed, interesting and funny as they each struggled with their moral dilemmas. I found myself being able to relate to all of them in one way or another.

The writer also leaves enough to your imagination so you can decide how much these characters evolved or learned over the course of the film. As you think about them, you find yourself applying these lessons to your own life.

The lack of plot leaves you wanting more because the best movies are usually able to deliver both plot and great characters. Although this is not one of the top echelon of movies, the compelling characters makes this better than most films you'll be able to find today.

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