Please Give

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Please Give
Please Give Film.jpg
Directed byNicole Holofcener
Produced byAnthony Bregman
Written byNicole Holofcener
Music byMarcelo Zarvos
CinematographyYaron Orbach
Edited byRobert Frazen
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • January 22, 2010 (2010-01-22) (Sundance)
  • April 30, 2010 (2010-04-30) (United States)
CountryUnited States
Budget$3 million
Box office$4.6 million[1]

Please Give is a 2010 dark comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring Catherine Keener. It is the fourth film Keener and Holofcener have made together. The film also stars Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Lois Smith, Elizabeth Keener, Kevin Corrigan, and Ann Guilbert. This was also Guilbert's last film role before her death in 2016.

Plot summary[edit]

Kate (Keener) and Alex (Platt) are a couple living in a New York City apartment with their teenage daughter, Abby (Sarah Steele). Kate and Alex own a furniture store specializing in used modern furniture, which they buy at estate sales. They have bought the apartment adjacent to theirs, but its occupant, the elderly and cranky Andra (Guilbert), will stay in it until she dies. Andra has two granddaughters, the dutiful and generous Rebecca (Hall), a Mammography Technologist, and the cynical, sharp-tongued Mary (Peet), a cosmetologist.

Kate is troubled by the profits she makes from furniture sellers who do not know the value of what they are selling; the contrast between homeless people in her neighborhood and her own comfortable life; and the fact that her family will only be able to expand their apartment when Andra dies. She tries to assuage her guilt through volunteer jobs (which leave her weeping) and donations to homeless individuals (which sometimes backfire).



Please Give was screened out of competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, and had a limited U.S. release on April 30, 2010. It opened with $118,123 in five theaters, averaging $23,625 per cinema.[2]


Please Give was filmed almost entirely in New York City. The bulk of the film was shot in Chelsea, the spa scenes at Skintology, a chic day and medical spa in that area.[3]


The film received generally positive reviews. As of June 2020, the film has a score of 78 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic, based on 35 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 87% approval rating, based on 141 reviews with an average rating of 7.45/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Nicole Holofcener's newest might seem slight in places, but its rendering of complex characters in a conflicted economic landscape is varied, natural, and touching all the same."[5]


  1. ^ "Please Give (2010) - Financial Information". The Numbers.
  2. ^ "Please Give (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Please Give (2010 - Filming Locations". IMDb.
  4. ^ "Please Give Reviews". Metacritic. 2011-01-07. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  5. ^ "Please Give". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 3, 2020.

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