Please Give

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Plot

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

Storyline
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?

Cast:

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



Details

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?

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'.

Quotes:

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.