Release dateJanuary 22, 2010 (2010-01-22) (Sundance)
April 30, 2010 (2010-04-30) (United States) Initial releaseMay 7, 2010 (San Francisco) CastRebecca Hall (Rebecca), Catherine Keener (Kate), Amanda Peet (Mary), Oliver Platt (Alex), Sarah Steele (Abby), Jason Mantzoukas (Shopper) Similar moviesFactory Girl, Ken Park, The Apartment, Angel, The Last Days of Disco, Jolene
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Please Give is a 2010 dark comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring Catherine Keener. It is the fourth film Keener and Holofcener have made together. The film also stars Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Lois Smith, Elizabeth Keener, Kevin Corrigan, and Ann Guilbert.
Kate (Keener) and Alex (Platt) are a couple living in a New York City apartment with their teenage daughter, Abby (Sarah Steele). Kate and Alex own a furniture store specializing in used modern furniture, which they buy at estate sales. They have bought the apartment adjacent to theirs, but its occupant, the elderly and cranky Andra (Guilbert), will stay in it until she dies. Andra has two granddaughters, the dutiful and generous Rebecca (Hall), a breast cancer Radiologic Technologist, and the cynical, sharp-tongued Mary (Peet), a cosmetologist.
Kate is troubled by the profits she makes from furniture sellers who do not know the value of what they are selling; the contrast between homeless people in her neighborhood and her own comfortable life; and the fact that her family will only be able to expand their apartment when Andra dies. She tries to assuage her guilt through volunteer jobs (which leave her weeping) and donations to homeless individuals (which sometimes backfire).
Catherine Keener as Kate
Oliver Platt as Alex
Ann Guilbert as Andra
Amanda Peet as Mary
Rebecca Hall as Rebecca
Elizabeth Keener as Cathy
Sarah Steele as Abby
Please Give was screened out of competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, and had a limited U.S. release on April 30, 2010. It opened with $118,123 in five theaters, averaging $23,625 per cinema.
Please Give was filmed almost entirely in New York City. The bulk of the film was shot in Chelsea, the spa scenes at Skintology, a chic day and medical spa in that area.
The film received generally positive reviews. On the review aggregator website Metacritic, it has a current metascore of 78 out of 100, based on 35 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 86% approval rating.