DVD Review: Please Give

By Drum Digital
12 January 2011

Comedy-drama. 2010. 87 min.

With Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt.

Director: Nicole Holofcener. 13nls.

Like Woody Allen, writer/director Nicole Holofcener tends to feature highly neurotic characters in her films. In this one it’s Kate (Keener), a mother and wife whose husband (Platt) gives her a hard time because she feels guilty about not doing enough to make a difference in other people’s lives.

The couple sell expensive second-hand furniture, mostly sourced from dead people’s properties. This makes Kate ill at ease. She also feels guilty because she and her husband can’t wait for their elderly neighbour to die – they’ve made a deal to buy her apartment once she’s dead so they can join it on to theirs.

Kate’s guilt is sometimes hysterically funny and moving but at other times you have to enjoy dry, dark humour to appreciate this clever, thought-provoking flick. Bonus: featurettes, deleted scenes

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