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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.
Nice ordinary characters, but it never really reaches any higher than just "nice".
Now this was an odd one. On the one hand the movie never really goes anywhere and if the ending is meant to be making any kind of statement then it's a pretty horrid one. (I prefer to think that the end was just where the scriptwriter decided to finish, rather than making a deliberate statement.) On the other hand, there are some very well developed characters who interact in a way which is interesting. The movie mainly revolves around the characters rather than the story.
That said, the story is something like this. Catherine Keener's character, along with her husband, make a pretty large amount of money out of selling furniture. The way they make their money is by…
The script was solid, the themes that were touched on were interesting, the performances were very good and I loved the grandmother. For some unknown reason, I wasn't a fan. It is not the kind of film you can hate or dislike; it is more the kind of film that leaves you exactly as you were before seeing it. It was engaging, but perhaps what it lacked for me was a connection; something to make me feel something--anything. I watched it go by and recognized the funny scenes but not enough to laugh or even chuckle. I recognized the tension created by Platt's affair but didn't care one way or another if he got found out. It's not too often I get to say this, but it was engaging throughout without connecting with me in the slightest. Very odd.
A nice enough film, with some fine performances, particularly from Rebecca Hall and Catherine Keener. There are a few very good scenes. I'm not sure there's anything special about it, unless you're a particular fan of any of the stars (as I am of Hall and Oliver Platt). It's a perfectly good independent drama with some funny bits, worth a watch if you like that kind of thing, but...well, that's about it. Sorry. Not much of a review, is it?
This is an insufferable film. These characters are so awful that not even this strong cast can make any of them even slightly tolerable. The opening sequence is absurdly terrible and the film's ending truly took me by surprise in the ways it manages to turn an already abysmal film into something even worse. These vacuous, self-centered upper class assholes are only capable of human kindness when being crushed by guilt and the film celebrates their shallow minds. The contemptuous Please Give was my first experience with Nicole Holofcener and it will most likely be my last.
I'm not quite sure how I felt about this film. I love Nicole Holofcener because she's a female director who writes really great characters, but her films have always struggled when it comes to plot and Please Give is no different - however, this time the characters don't really support the film. There were some nice moments in it though (particularly the conversation between Catherine Keener's character and the designer sat on the sofa in the rival furniture shop) and it was nice to see Amanda Peet.
This has no real plot to speak of, just characters interacting and developing together in a particular time in their lives. It has smart writing, with well developed characters. It's a delightful dry comedy.
I picked this film because I generally like Rebecca Hall and I must admit she doesn't disappoint in it. But her performance is the only acceptable thing in this mess (see the extra half star in my rating).
First of all, I never seen a film populated by so many self-centered, unpleasant characters like this one and that makes you really want to slap most of them for the whole lenght of the movie. This has been obviously been written by someone who hates the human race and it shows...
As for the technical department, the cinematography looks washed-up, the score is lame and the sets look fake.
And the ending!...THAT ending really made me puke...
one hour and half wasted. Just avoid it like the plague!
I think I saw this on one of Roger Ebert’s best of lists so I then put it on my list of films to see and there it sat for four years until now. Well, I gotta disagree with Ebert on this one. …generally, I’m not really into these kind of ensemble movies that show a couple of characters and how they’re connected. I found this a bit boring. It gets a 5 outta 10.
The sort of film that makes you feel warmer toward everyone afterwards.
a wisp of a comedy that tries to juxtapose a conflict of values with scenes straight out of a sitcom, the result is a mixed bag that uses good performances in service of a lightweight satire, not funny enough to win over empathy
Watched in September 2010
This is very nicely made film centered around a group of New Yorkers whose lives connect. There is the elderly Nan and her her two bickering grand daughters. Next to the Nan's apartment is a a couple who buy furniture from the deceased and sell it marked up and their teenage daughter. Having brought the Nan's apartment to knock through when she dies, they encounter the grand daughters which leads to a connection for the daughter and for the husband.
The film has a very slight plot, very little really happens, but what makes this interesting are the characters. They are all fascinating with their various traits good and bad. The cast are all excellent, with…
I feel like this didn't *really* have much of a plot, but I liked it anyway.
Very good film, balance of good funny moments with deeper more thoughtful and reflexive moments.
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