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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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Nicole Holofcener
5 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Rebecca
Elizabeth Keener ... Cathy
Elise Ivy ... Marissa
Catherine Keener ... Kate
Josh Pais ... Adam
Sarah Steele ... Abby
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Andra (as Ann Guilbert)
Amanda Peet ... Mary
Oliver Platt ... Alex
Griffin Frazen ... Shopper
Reggie Austin ... Shopper
Scott Cohen ... Dr. Lerner
Paul Sparks ... Blind Date
Lois Smith ... Mrs. Portman
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Eugene
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Two families, sort of neighbours in Manhattan, cross paths as they navigate marriage, parenthood of a teen, ennui, a first date, and end-of-life care. Rebecca and Mary are sisters; their cranky 91-year-old grandmother's neighbours, Kate and Alex, run an upscale retro-furniture business, and will expand into her flat after she dies. Rebecca is quiet, without a boyfriend until a patient at the clinic where she works introduces her grandson. Mary is acerbic, stung by a recent breakup. Kate looks for meaning in her life, wondering if she should volunteer. Alex, too, is at loose ends. Their daughter, Abby, has zits and teenage moods. What does it mean to be good? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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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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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 »

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When they take a car trip to see the autumn leaves, the green screen of the vistas is low quality, and the leaves outside the car windows on the trip are summer green. See more »

Quotes

Kate: Wait a second. Excuse me, sir? Are you hungry? Would you like this?
Man Waiting for a Table: I'm waiting for a table.
Kate: I'm so sorry. Please, forgive me.
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Featured in Behind the Scenes of Please Give (2010) See more »

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Lady in a White Dress
Written by Gian Paolo Chiti and Sergio Montori
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"Mild Funny & Mild Serious – Decent Movie"
2 November 2010 | by kimi_layercakeSee all my reviews

"Please Give" is the story of a husband and wife who butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in apartment the couple owns, how things are intertwined and how circumstances eventually gets to them in both right and wrong way.

Cast-wise, pretty good. Oliver Platt is very likable as the cool and flirty husband, with Catherine Keener playing his better half wondrously. Rebecca Hall is the core of this movie, giving a very powerful performance of a doting granddaughter, who sacrifices a lot for taking care of her grandmother. Amanda Peet does decently in her role of a beauty conscious stony-hearted sister of Rebecca Hall. A special mention for the two grandmothers, who were very natural in their act.

"Please Give" is not entertaining; neither will it remain in your mind for quite some time. It might get irksome someplace, but having said, it's because it has been made in a very lifelike or rather natural, devoid of unnecessary cheap entertaining stuffs. It gets funny most of the times, but not ROFL stuff. It's decent enough to be enjoyable.

Overall, "Please Give" is a sincere attempt to portray the life of two neighbors and their twist with life, once they get to know each other well or rather unwell. It's not recommended for people seeking fun and entertainment. Rather, it's a movie for someone looking for a mild funny, mild serious (non)-family movie.

My Verdict: 6/10


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