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Please Give 2010

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Kate and Alex run a vintage furniture shop in New York and live in a flat with their daughter, which is becoming too small. They own the flat next door and plan to join them once Andra their grumpy old tenant dies. Feeling guilty, Kate befriends Andra's granddaughters, but the results are anything but predictable!

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Rebecca Hall, Elizabeth Keener
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Nicole Holofcener
Starring Rebecca Hall, Elizabeth Keener
Supporting actors Elise Ivy, Catherine Keener, Josh Pais, Sarah Steele, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Griffin Frazen, Reggie Austin, Scott Cohen, Paul Sparks, Lois Smith, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Harmonica Sunbeam, Amy Wright, Arthur French, Neal Lerner, Mandy Olsen
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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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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By rita on 15 July 2014
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I love Catherine Keener
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