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Please Give (2010)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 18 June 2010 (USA)
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In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.

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Nicole Holofcener
5 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Rebecca
Elizabeth Keener ... Cathy
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
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Two families, sort of neighbours 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 neighbours, Kate and 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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,123, 2 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,033,268, 17 October 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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'. See more »

Goofs

When they take a car trip to see the autumn leaves, the green screen of the vistas is low quality, and the leaves outside the car windows on the trip are summer green. See more »

Quotes

Kate: You're a really good person.
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Featured in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Please Give (2010) See more »

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Call Your Name
Written by Charlie Isaacs
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Small "Crash"
9 May 2010 | by BlacklumixSee all my reviews

If you view people as case studies in arrested development, then everyone has an issue, and everyone has a story. It's how each deals with his or her issue that makes things interesting in life. And when those issues interrelate to family dynamics, things can get down right convoluted, both as tragic and comic. "Please Give" is such a vehicle. Everyone's issue is not only personal but becomes a family matter at some level. And in the end there is some truth to the concept that blood is thicker than water. Like the movie "Crash" we see how seemingly random personal issues bounce off of the others in our lives, how we react to the consequences given our relative family dynamics, and how we may move on. In the center of this mini-maelstrom is Kate, whose issue of guilt appears to be the nucleus of all matters. Everything seems to spread out from there, and like a galaxy in the distant sky, things coalesce or spin off into directions brilliantly. As usual, whoever makes up the trailer for this tidy package misdirects us completely, which is why I hate trailers.....


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