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Please Give (2010)

Please Give



Drama, Comedy

Release Date

April 30, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating



90 min.


Sony Pictures Classics

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Nicole Holofcener


Anthony Bregman


Nicole Holofcener



Kate (Catherine Keener) has a lot on her mind. There's the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store (and how much markup can she get away with?). There's the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter (Sarah Steele) to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There's the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business, and life with her husband Alex (Oliver Platt) but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And there's Kate's free-floating 21st century malaise-the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness, and sadness are always right outside the door.

Plus, there's the neighbors: cranky, elderly Andra (Ann Guilbert) and the two granddaughters who look after her (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet). As Kate, Alex, and Abby interact with the people next door, with each other, and with their New York surroundings, a complex mix of animosity, friendship, deception, guilt, and love plays out with both sharp humor and pathos. PLEASE GIVE is writer/director Nicole Holofcener's perceptive-and devastatingly funny-take on modern life's contradictions, good intentions and shaky moral bearings.

Pictures (13 photos)

Amanda Peet stars as Mary in Sony Pictures Classics' Please Give (2010). Photo credit by Piotr Redlinksi.
Rebecca Hall stars as Rebecca and Amanda Peet stars as Mary in Sony Pictures Classics' Please Give (2010). Photo credit by Piotr Redlinksi.

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“..Still, the film provides many pleasures regardless of its box office potential (which is mid-range for it's indie stripes)..”
by Richard Mowe [Boxoffice Magazine]
“..It's a tricky kind of social satire, its possibly cloying self-absorption cut only by some winningly awkward characters..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
“..Sometimes - and far too rarely - a film will hit all the right notes, with sharp, original dialogue, brilliant casting and an absorbing story. So caught up in its spell, you dread seeing the credits roll. Please Give is that movie..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]