Please Give movie review: 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, Cathy (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt), run an upscale retro-furniture business, and will expand into her flat after she dies. Rebecca (Rebecca Hall) 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. Cathy looks for meaning in her life, wondering if she should volunteer. Alex, too, is at loose ends. Their daughter, Abby (Sarah Steele), has zits and teenage moods. What does it mean to be good?
The buzz: Writer-director Nicole Holofcener remains committed to bringing complicated women of all ages to the screen, cranking out movies at her own pace but never failing to deliver interesting work. Her fourth feature (after “Walking and Talking,” “Lovely & Amazing” and “Friends with Money”) once again stars Keener and focuses on female-driven ensemble cast.
The verdict: Holofcener’s films may not be visually dazzling but they always sound exceptional—few writers are more consistent at crafting sharp, witty and credible dialogue. Listening to the banter in “Please Give” feels like eavesdropping on natural conversations, shaped and selected by a skilled storyteller. That same care is reflected in the uniformly flawless ensemble cast. Every performer finds exactly the right way to play characters fleshed-out with recognizable (and most likely relatable) imperfections. Intricately plotted but executed with the wide open possibilities of life itself, “Please Give” offers its audience much to consider but doesn’t come packaged with tidy moral lessons. It’s a movie made for and about adults, at a time when the concept is becoming increasingly rare. There are many reasons to be thankful we’ve got Holofcener around, “Please Give” will remind you of them all. Source: Metromix
Box Office: The film opened with $118,123 in five theaters, averaging $23,625 per cinema.