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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Catherine Keener
Amanda Peet
Rebecca Hall
Kevin Corrigan
Oliver Platt.
Directors
Nicole Holofcener.
Screenwriters
Nicole Holofcener.
Running Time
90 minutes

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Nicole Holofcener's classy comedy of manners


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Plot
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.


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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.


Verdict
An indie with pedigree, smarts and plenty of wit, Holofcener's comedy of manners is well-observered and well worth watching.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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This is the kind of movie Sky Movies is great for, probably wouldn't rent it but having a quick scan of the cast = stick it on record and give it a shot. Guess what great line up of actors, genuinely funny, well written and moving. Really a very good film indeed and totally agree with the 4 stars Empire gave it. The only problem with Sky Movies is you end up also recording monumentally bland shite like Secretariat for example and end up wasting two hours of your life ... More

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Hall is one of the best young actress around and Keener is one of the best peroid, add to this I was a big fan of Lovely and Amazing, makes this on my must see list.  And its coming up at my art house cinema so I will be sure to review it when it arrives ... More

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Director/Screenwriter: Nicole Holofcener Starring: Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet, Sarah Steele Synopsis In New York City, Kate (Keener) and his husband Alex gets involved into the lives of two granddaughters (Hall and Peet) of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns. Review What is the appeal of miserable people in films? Is it that they're so mopey and difficult with each other that we find something funny about them? This seems ... More

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The perfect antidote to blockbuster season, Please Give is the kind of character driven flick you thought they didn't make anymore. Well worth seeking out ... More

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i love rebecca hall she should do catwoman she worked with nolan and bale before on THE PRESTIGE and she has acting chops she just won a bafta first time i saw her was STARTER FOR TEN hope she gets an oscar nom soon... ... More

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