Written June 17, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was surprisingly funny and witty. The writing was clever. In a time where a budget surpasses character depth, the director and writers spare us the glamour of explosions and indulge us with character conversation which more than compensates. The juxtaposition of family values drawn between the main character groups effectively draws parallels between the common moviegoer’s lives and the plot. As far as cinematography, with the intimate framing and close-ups of the protagonists, the filmmaker creates an almost personal connection with each character and their underlying internal plots. Again, this movie is easily enjoyable by people who appreciate the subtleties of well crafted conversation and interaction without depending on the gimmicks of typical summer movies. A MUST SEE!
Written October 12, 2011
Good performances all around. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great, hence the so-so rating.
Written June 07, 2010
It is becoming so difficult to have a fulfilling film experience at today's cineplexes that it was a sweet surprise to find Please Give. Director Nicole Holofcener gives us a film that's not just another formulaic rom-com, but an interesting study of how people cope and relate to life's situations, in their unique ways.. There's plenty of humor, in a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" way and poignant moments too. Catherine Keener is great and the relationship with her and husband's (Oliver Platt), 13 year old daughter (Sarah Steel) strikes a cord with all parents who've lived through their child's struggles with coming of age. .
Written October 04, 2010
Another smart exploration of the lives of the privileged from Nicole Holofcener. Katherine Keener is great as usual, as is Amanda Peet.
Written May 24, 2010
Good ensemble playing. Although the storyline was thin, the inner angst of the characters
offered more than enough substance about
which to ponder and be entertained. Short, sweet
and at times hilarious in its Woody Allen-esque commentary, it brims
with more sensitivity and light. Worth it for a touching cameo of quirky, NY life.