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In new york city, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in apartment the couple owns.


Studio Sony
SKU 217126391
UPC 043396350342
UPC 14 00043396350342
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note A family looking for some extra space gets drawn into a difficult relationship with the folks next door in this comedy drama from writer and director Nicole Holofcener. Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) are a couple living in New York City who run a successful store specializing in vintage furniture. Kate and Alex have a teenage daughter, Abby (Sarah Steele) and their apartment is starting to feel a bit small for the three of them; Kate and Alex own the unit next door to them, and once the flat becomes vacant, they plan to knock out a wall and take over the space. However, Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert), their tenant, is an elderly woman with a poor disposition who doesn't seem eager to go anywhere soon, and it's occurred to Kate and Alex that they're probably going to have wait for her to die, since evicting her would be very awkward. Hoping to make the best of the situation, Kate tries to strike up a friendship with Andra and her fiercely protective granddaughter Rebecca (Rebecca Hall), but Andra isn't especially interested in making new friends, and Rebecca's sister, Mary (Amanda Peet), isn't much easier to deal with. Kate and Alex are also struggling to communicate with Abby, who has her own issues regarding self-image. PLEASE GIVE received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Entertainment Weekly "[A] marvelously observed new domestic drama....In PLEASE GIVE, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy." -- Grade: A- 04/30/2010
A.V. Club "Writer-director Nicole Holofcener has a gift for converting small, everyday situations into the kind of gentle comedy that some viewers relate to easily..." -- Grade: A- 04/29/2010
Los Angeles Times "With her new film, the poignant and funny PLEASE GIVE, Holofcener is at the top of her game." 04/30/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The movie is about imperfect characters in a difficult world, who mostly do the best they can under the circumstances, but not always. Do you realize what a revolutionary approach that is for a movie these days? 05/05/2010
Movieline "[O]ne way Holofcener works her stealth magic as a filmmaker and storyteller: She doesn't close up shop on her movie until she's made each of us an honorary New Yorker -- in other words, a person with a strong stance and something to say." 04/29/2010
New York Times "No one in American movies does difficult women better than Ms. Keener, who's fearless when it comes to nasty, cold roles, yet resists caricature." 04/30/2010
Variety "[A] tart but sympathetic ensembler....Like Holofcener's previous pictures, PLEASE GIVE derives its narrative energy less from a series of plotted incidents than from its keenly observed interplay of clashing personality tics and worldviews." 01/23/2010
Hollywood Reporter "Think of PLEASE GIVE as a finely tuned short story with every glance and gesture full of suggestive meaning." 01/23/2010
Washington Post 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] wry, wistful portrait of contemporary urban manners..." 05/14/2010
Wall Street Journal "This gorgeous film, always tender and sometimes dark, is a deeply resonant comic drama that's concerned with nothing less than life, death, love, sex, guilt and the urban logic of mortality." 04/30/2010
USA Today Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "[E]mploying razor-sharp dialogue and a superb ensemble cast..." 12/31/2010
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Holofcenter's movie shows a sharp eye for exquisite embarrassments..." 03/01/2011
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Nicole Holofcener's examinations of insecurities and delusions of aspirational New Yorkers is her best since 1996's WALKING AND TALKING." 03/01/2011
Catherine Keener
Oliver Platt
Amanda Peet
Sarah Steele
Cast & Crew
Catherine Keener - Star
Oliver Platt - Star
Amanda Peet - Star
Sarah Steele - Star
Rebecca Hall - Star
Ann Guilbert - Co-Star
Thomas Ian Nicholas - Co-Star
Nicole Holofcener - Screenwriter
Marcelo Zarvos - Composer
Yaron Orbach - Director of Photography
Dana DuFine - Music Director
Nicole Holofcener - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00043396350342
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Nicole Holofcener, who made the great "Lovely and Amazing," pays close attention to women. She doesn't define them by their relationships with men. In a Holofcener movie, women actually have their own reasons for doing things - and these are even allowed to be bad reasons, and funny ones. The movie is about imperfect characters in a difficult world, who mostly do the best they can under the circumstances, but not always. Do you realize what a revolutionary approach that is for a movie these days?
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish, Korean, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
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J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader This is one of those rare movies that made me want to thank the person who did it.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...gorgeous film...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone It'll hit you hard
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel ...a delightfully dry dramedy about guilt.

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