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Rated R · 90 minutes · 2010

Comedy drama
The latest rumination by writer-director Nicole Holofcener is loaded with great performances, sharp dialogue and an interesting premise—but it seems that filmmakers were ultimately afraid to jump in with both feet. But how can they? Most of Holofcener’s characters here—unlike those in her other three films—are really hard to get behind, and their motives are, at best, rather petty. This film would work best as a scene study for actors: Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall are all great. But Holofcener’s acumen feels wasted in the service of characters that we wouldn’t want to know in real life. And we sure wouldn’t care about their problems.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/pleasegive
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Producer: Anthony Bregman and Caroline Jaczko
Cast: Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Sarah Steele, Lois Smith and Thomas Ian Nicholas

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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Jonah Hex, Please Give, Toy Story 3 and more. 06/17/2010
Indy Week Nicole Holofcener's gentle comedy of money and morality, Please Give Holofcener focuses on her fully drawn female characters, which is hardly a bad thing. by Nathan Gelgud 06/16/2010
Creative Loafing Atlanta Please Give offers insight on the female sex and the city Director Nicole Holofcener delivers a lesson in subtlety by Curt Holman 06/10/2010
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Chicago Reader The Best Movies of 2010 Carlos, Enter the Void, Dogtooth, and more by J.R. Jones 12/16/2010
Charleston City Paper Please Give is a black comedy about white, liberal guilt Whiny, self-absorbed urban yuppies? Yes, please! Especially if the director doing the ethnographic surveying is the shaggy-cool Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Lovely and Amazing), who invests her characters with just the right balance of annoying quirks and squishy humanity to make them watchable — if not exactly lovable. Holofcener hasn't strayed far from the New York streets and the slacker characters of her debut film, 1996's Walking and Talking whose romantic travails cause her single-girls-in-the-city Catherine Keener and Anne Heche no small amount of distress. by Felicia Feaster 06/16/2010
Chicago Reader When Giving Hurts Nicole Holofcener ponders the pitfalls of generosity in Please Give by J.R. Jones 05/06/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Pretty pleaser: Please Give Ache for the world, and the world aches with you. Or, more precisely, gets irritated by your relentless compassion, which is the case in Please Give. by Tricia Olszewski 06/17/2010
Portland Mercury Today in Self-Hating White People Nicole Holofcener makes another complex and uncompromising film about the way women really are. by Alison Hallett 06/03/2010
The Coast Halifax No handouts necessary for Please Give Director Nicole Holofcener continues to master "The Moment." by Tara Thorne 06/24/2010

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