Please Give

June 18th, 2010


Please Give

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

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.7/10 (6,291 voted)

Critic's Score: 78/100

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Stars: Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall

Two families, sort of neighbors 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 neighbors, Kateand 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?

Rebecca Hall - Rebecca
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
Harmonica Sunbeam - Transvestite Homeless Person


Official Website: Sony Pictures Classics [United States] |

Release Date: 18 June 2010

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $118,123 (USA) (2 May 2010) (5 Screens)

Gross: $4,033,268 (USA) (17 October 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

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'.

Andra: You gained weight.
Alex: Excuse me?
Andra: You gained weight.

User Review

Subtle and Strong

Rating: 9/10

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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