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Please Give [DVD] [2011]


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  • Actors: Rebecca Hall, Elizabeth Keener, Elise Ivy, Catherine Keener, Josh Pais
  • Directors: Nicole Holofcener
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE4S5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Married antique-dealers, Kate and Alex (Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt) plan on gutting the apartment they own next door to expand their own pad once Andra, the cranky, elderly widow (Ann Guilbert) who lives there, finally dies. When Kate, conflicted with her own guilt, befriends Andra’s granddaughters (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet), the results are anything but predictable in this devastatingly funny comedy that examines life and death… and everything in between!

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2010
Format: DVD
This is a thoroughly enjoyable film - fresh, original, neatly scripted, very well acted and directed. Alex (Oliver Platt) and Kate (Catherine Keener, who is outstanding in a very fine cast) make their living by buying retro furniture from the relatives of the recently deceased, which they then sell in a smart specialist shop. Catherine, a nice women, has qualms about the morality of all this - though not sufficiently to stop - and eases her conscience by frequent giving to the on-street homeless, to the annoyance of her 15-year-old daughter who believes she is more generous to these unknowns than to her. Next door lives the waspish and gratuitously rude 90-year-old Andra (Ann Guilbert - also excellent) who is cared for by her kindly but down-trodden grand-daughter Rebecca (Rebecca Hall - the best of the lot, I thought). But Alex and Kate have already bought Andra's apartment in anticipation of her departing this mortal coil, so their relations with Rebecca are rather cool. Rebecca's dysfunctional beautician sister is also about, and there is a marvellously entertaining scene when Alex and Kate invite Andra and both grand-daughters for a meal - Mary is drunk and tactless, Andra as unpleasant as she usually is, Rebecca and Kate embarrassed and the daughter too gloom-ridden about her facial spots to appear ; finally she does, bizarrely and very amusingly disguised. It is the dinner party from hell and great fun to watch.

The plot works itself out enjoyably ; I can't say much about it without spoiling things. In that process we get to know all the characters better and we can feel sympathy for most of them. Rebecca and Kate are very likeable. A lot of the film is gently amusing in a rather off-beat way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blue on 4 July 2011
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Great little film I thoroughly enjoyed. If you like films such as "Sideways" or "Jane Austen Bookclub" you will probably like this film too. It has that same feeling even though the storyline is nothing similar to those two films. It is just a very grown-up film, warm and happy.
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Right, to begin with the characters seemed very weak but the film progressed and it seemed that the characters read like real people rather than written characters. Aside from this, there was nothing extra-ordinary about this story - the supposed comedy is missing: the drama, well - without giving too much away - came from the old lady. The plot was empty, going nowhere, aimless; if we were to discuss plot in terms of highs and lows, there wasn't really that much to distinguish them. The most climactic moment of the film seemed to be when one of the sisters got called a "stalker". I wouldn't bother with this, this is 84 minutes of "why did I waste that much of my life watching this?"
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By rita on 15 July 2014
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I love Catherine Keener
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By simon dennis on 6 Sep 2011
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I don't really go much on "comedies" these days (- Ben Stiller anyone?) probably because "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" set the bar too high. Manhatten Murder Mystery is probably the last film I saw and enjoyed in this genre. "Please Give" is a nice little movie with some genuine funny moments and great performances from everybody plus it's nice to see a fat guy married to Catherine Keener! It is worth a look. I'd also recommend Tamara Jenkins' "Slums of Beverly Hills".
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