Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

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

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Violette
4 Star Empire Rating
Draft Day
3 Star Empire Rating
Dolphin Tale 2
3 Star Empire Rating
Filmed In Supermarionation
4 Star Empire Rating
Luna
2 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Tony Benn: Will And Testament
5 Star Empire Rating
Nightcrawler
5 Star Empire Rating
Babadook, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Two Days, One Night
5 Star Empire Rating

Please Give
Nicole Holofcener's classy comedy of manners


submit to reddit


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.


Review
Please Give
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

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Please Give
Empire Star Rating

RE: Please Give

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

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 15:54, 10 October 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Please Give

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

Posted by ElephantBoy at 02:19, 30 June 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Please Give

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

Empire User Rating

Posted by R W at 19:47, 24 June 2010 | Report This Post


Please Give

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

Empire User Rating

Posted by moviemaniac2 at 16:15, 24 June 2010 | Report This Post


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

Empire User Rating

Posted by bill the butcher at 15:30, 19 June 2010 | Report This Post


SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Hateful Eight - The Story So Far
We delve into the short but tangled history of Quentin Tarantino’s latest

Gallery: Unseen Star Wars Poster Concept Artwork
JW Rinzler takes us through a history of the franchise in jaw-dropping art

The Future Of Film: Lasers Will Save 3D (If Your Cinema Is Big Enough)
Big will be beautiful in the brave new world of frickin' laser beam projection

The Bond Girls Who Made It Big
The actresses who overcame the curse of 007 to forge successful careers

The Future Of Film: A Woman Will Direct Star Wars
No longer a men’s club, Hollywood is going to start opening its doors...

The Empire Podcast #130: Interviews With Rosamund Pike, Lee Child And Antoine Fuqua
The Gone Girl star, Jack Reacher author and The Equalizer director pop in for a chat

The 50 Greatest Voice Performances In Movies
Who has the most talented tonsils in town?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)