Affluent Upper West Siders Kate (Keener) and Alex (Platt) make their living reselling the elegant '50s furniture they've dubiously secured from the relatives of the newly deceased. Kate's guilt is exacerbated as the two wait patiently for their elderly neighbour to pass away, enabling them to expand their apartment.
Adultery, acne, old age and second-hand furniture are the unlikely themes of Nicole Holofcener’s more assured follow-up to Friends With Money, which builds on that film’s exploration of economic disparity with a convincing, touching and often funny study in middle-class guilt. Catherine Keener, a talismanic presence in much indie fare, is excellent as a furniture dealer who charges inflated prices for things she buys from the children of dead pensioners; and Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall are similarly impressive. Neil LaBute, Noah Baumbach and Todd Solondz could all have made this film, but Holofcener’s lighter, less cynical touch will make you glad they didn’t.
An indie with pedigree, smarts and plenty of wit, Holofcener's comedy of manners is well-observered and well worth watching.