PLEASE GIVE Add To My Top 10

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Release Date: April 30, 2010

Starring: Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Ann Guilbert, and Lois Smith

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Executive Producer: Caroline Jaczko

Producer: Anthony Bregman

Writer: Nicole Holofcener

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Content:

(Pa, Cap, Acap, B, LLL, SS, NN, AA, MM) Light pagan worldview mixed with both capitalist and anti-capitalist sentiments as character struggles with her conscience but this conflict is never resolved; 18 obscenities, many of them the “f” word, and 20 profanities, plus teenage girl gives character “the finger”; no violence; short but depicted scenes of sex as man is with wife and then same man committing adultery with his girlfriend; extreme close ups of a dozen instances of upper female nudity in context of medical procedure; drinking of alcohol and main character drunk in one scene; no smoking or drug use; and, teenager rude to parents.

Summary:

PLEASE GIVE is the story of Kate’s family and neighbors as she struggles with life and moral questions. The movie’s moral questions are never resolved, and the story contains plenty of strong foul language as well as strong sexual content and explicit nudity.

Review:

PLEASE GIVE is the story of Kate’s family and neighbors as she struggles with life and moral questions.

Kate and her husband Alex buy used furniture from estate sales inexpensively and then mark it up at their trendy New York City store. Kate struggles with the fact that they buy it from the relatives of someone who recently died and make a profit from that.

Alex feels his marriage has become merely a business partnership. He has an affair with Mary, a young woman who cares for Alex’s elderly neighbor. Meanwhile, Kate doesn’t want her daughter to buy expensive jeans, and Mary’s sister, Rebecca, gets a boyfriend.

PLEASE GIVE is a slice of life drama with very little conflict and no resolution to any of the questions raised in the course of the story. In the end, Kate seems to be at peace with selling the furniture because she gave back a small vase to a man from whom she bought his mother’s furniture. Kate lets her daughter get the jeans in hopes it will make her more confident. Alex swears off seeing Mary any more, though he never confesses his affair with his wife. Rebecca and Mary seem to get along better in the end, but it’s hard to say.

The movie moves along pretty quickly, but the conflict never gets very intense. The story is the movie’s biggest weakness. All the performances are very good, and Rebecca Hall as Rebecca creates much sympathy for her character as she cares for her grandmother and puts up with her rude sister.

PLEASE GIVE seems to be looking for a moral center. Kate feels guilty and gives away much money to homeless people. She tries to volunteer but is so overwhelmed with the sadness of the people that the nursing home and mental health facilities ask her to leave because she’s depressing the patients!

There’s much foul language, some of it from the teenager, who is often rude to her mother. There are also two scenes of depicted sex, and the opening sequence contains at least a dozen instances of upper female nudity as Rebecca administers mammograms.

All of this adds up to a lackluster movie that requires extreme caution for all moviegoers.

In Brief:

PLEASE GIVE is the story of Kate’s family and neighbors as she struggles with life and moral questions. Kate and her husband Alex buy used furniture from estate sales inexpensively and then mark it up at their trendy store. Kate struggles morally with the fact that they buy it from the relatives of someone who recently died and make a profit. Alex has an affair with Mary, a young woman who cares for Alex’s elderly neighbor. Meanwhile, Kate doesn’t want her daughter to buy expensive jeans, and Mary’s sister, Rebecca, gets a boyfriend.

PLEASE GIVE is a slice of life drama with very little conflict and no resolution. All the performances are very good, and Rebecca Hall as Rebecca creates much sympathy for her character as she cares for her grandmother and puts up with her rude sister. There’s much foul language, some of it from the teenager, who is rude to her mother. There are also two scenes of depicted sex, and the opening sequence contains at least a dozen instances of female nudity as Rebecca administers mammograms. All of this adds up to a lackluster movie that requires extreme caution.