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A family looking for some extra space gets drawn into a difficult relationship with the folks next door in this comedy drama from writer and director Nicole Holofcener. Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) are a couple living in New York City who run a successful store specializing in vintage furniture. Kate and Alex have a teenage daughter, Abby (Sarah Steele) and their apartment is starting to feel a bit small for the three of them; Kate and Alex own the unit next door to them, and once the flat becomes vacant, they plan to knock out a wall and take over the space. However, Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert), their tenant, is an elderly woman with a poor disposition who doesn't seem eager to go anywhere soon, and it's occurred to Kate and Alex that they're probably going to have wait for her to die, since evicting her would be very awkward. Hoping to make the best of the situation, Kate tries to strike up a friendship with Andra and her fiercely protective granddaughter Rebecca (Rebecca Hall), but Andra isn't especially interested in making new friends, and Rebecca's sister, Mary (Amanda Peet), isn't much easier to deal with. Kate and Alex are also struggling to communicate with Abby, who has her own issues regarding self-image. PLEASE GIVE received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet, Rebecca Hall, Sarah Steele
"[A] marvelously observed new domestic drama....In PLEASE GIVE, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy." -- Grade: A-
"Writer-director Nicole Holofcener has a gift for converting small, everyday situations into the kind of gentle comedy that some viewers relate to easily..." -- Grade: A-
"With her new film, the poignant and funny PLEASE GIVE, Holofcener is at the top of her game."
Los Angeles Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The movie is about imperfect characters in a difficult world, who mostly do the best they can under the circumstances, but not always. Do you realize what a revolutionary approach that is for a movie these days?
"[O]ne way Holofcener works her stealth magic as a filmmaker and storyteller: She doesn't close up shop on her movie until she's made each of us an honorary New Yorker -- in other words, a person with a strong stance and something to say."
"No one in American movies does difficult women better than Ms. Keener, who's fearless when it comes to nasty, cold roles, yet resists caricature."
New York Times
"[A] tart but sympathetic ensembler....Like Holofcener's previous pictures, PLEASE GIVE derives its narrative energy less from a series of plotted incidents than from its keenly observed interplay of clashing personality tics and worldviews."
"Think of PLEASE GIVE as a finely tuned short story with every glance and gesture full of suggestive meaning."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] wry, wistful portrait of contemporary urban manners..."
"This gorgeous film, always tender and sometimes dark, is a deeply resonant comic drama that's concerned with nothing less than life, death, love, sex, guilt and the urban logic of mortality."
Wall Street Journal
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