Please Give (image 1)

An unnervingly hilarious and heartfelt comedy of bad manners... a movie that transacts delicate business with dazzling skill.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Please Give 2010

Directed by Nicole Holofcener

Nicole Holofcener’s (Lovely & Amazing) spiky comedy of liberal guilt delivers a pleasingly rounded portrait of a handful of lively Manhattan women, bound together by family ties and real estate envy. With Catherine Keener.

USA In English
90 minutes

Director, Screenplay


Anthony Bregman


Yaron Orbach


Robert Frazen


Marcelo Zarvos

Production designer

Mark White

Costume designer

Ane Crabtree


Catherine Keener (Kate)
Amanda Peet (Mary)
Oliver Platt (Alex)
Rebecca Hall (Rebecca)
Sarah Steele (Abby)
Ann Guilbert (Andra)
Thomas Ian Nicholas (Eugene)


Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca 2010


Nicole Holofcener’s (Lovely & Amazing) spiky comedy of liberal guilt ultimately reveals itself as a perceptive, rounded portrait of a handful of middle-class Manhattan women, bound together by family ties and real estate envy. Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) run a successful vintage furniture business, fend off the demands of their feisty unhappy teenage daughter, and watch the comings and goings in the place next door: it will be theirs to expand into once the snarly old woman (crackingly funny Ann Guilbert) who’s their tenant either moves out or dies. The two grand-daughters (Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet) who visit the old grouch, one willingly, one not so, complete the picture. — BG

“Kate, the Manhattanite wife and mother played by Catherine Keener in Nicole Holofcener’s marvelously observed new domestic drama Please Give, is a vivid catalog of ambivalences familiar to millions of women of a certain boomer age and socioeconomic level.
…Kate is a close relative of the complicated women who regularly populate Holofcener’s smart, articulate, female-centric movies – women previously played by Keener in Walking and Talking (1996); Lovely & Amazing (2001); and Friends With Money (2006)… In Please Give, the sharp-eyed filmmaker sends her vibrant representative out into the world to explore what it means for a woman to be lucky and still feel itchy. The report has the resonant ring of truth.” — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“Holofcener has a gift for reconciling even the most horrid of her characters to one another and her audience to everyone on the screen.” — Amy Taubin, Film Comment