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Please Give (2010)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 18 June 2010 (USA)
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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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

18 June 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feelin' Guilty  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,123, 2 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,033,268, 17 October 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate is shown reading a book, 'Assassination Vacation', by Sarah Vowell. That author appears in a brief but credited role as a shopper. The actress playing Kate, Catherine Keener, is also a featured voice in the audio book of 'Assassination Vacation'. See more »


Mary: But you're not a doctor...
Rebecca: No... I'm not a doctor. But neither you are.
Mary: I never said I was.
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Written by Thelonious Monk
Performed by Thelonious Monk (as The Thelonious Monk Quartet)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Subtle and Strong
13 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

A strong ensemble piece anchored by Catherine Keener, the movie is a funny and plausible reading of the neuroses of a functional, likable but in-pain group of working middle class New Yorkers.

What's most positive and enjoyable about the film is the desire of its characters to deal with their problems even when they're not aware they're doing it. But a natural striving to consciousness takes hold because they're all just open enough to admit they don't have all the answers. Watching them on a path that ineluctably carries them to self-awareness, and then each other, is one of the great movie pleasures of this year.

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