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Genre Comedy
Running Time 90 min
Release Date Apr 30, 2010
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Please Give

Kate has a lot on her mind. There's the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store. And how much markup can she get away with? There's the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There's the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business and life with her husband Alex but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And, there's Kate's free-floating 21st… Show more

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May 7, 2010 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

There are no villains in Nicole Holofcener’s movies. Instead, there are rumpled, recognizable humans, constantly fretting over the line between being a predator and becoming prey. Because her latest, “Please Give,’’ is set in the plush confines of downtown Manhattan, the characters live comfortable lives without ever taking comfort in them. They chip away at themselves with questions: What’s the price of being good? Is it possible to use people altruistically? What, in the end, do we owe others? Can you give of yourself without giving in?

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