Please Give is the best, smartest movie I've seen all year. The script (written and directed by Nicole Holofcener), the cast, everything about this film is nearly flawless. The story revolves around husband and wife Alex and Kate (played by the underrated Oliver Platt and the wonderful Catherine Keener).
Alex and Kate run a New York furniture store that is stocked with merchandise they buy from families who have recently lost a member. This business begins to weigh heavy on Kate as she struggles with the idea of turning a profit from somebody's loss. She attempts to reconcile that struggle by giving money to every homeless person she comes in contact with.
Added to Kate's guilt is knowing that she is waiting for her next door neighbor to die so her and Alex can buy the apartment, bust out the wall and make their home even bigger. Her neighbor Andra, is a 91 year old ill-mannered, sharp-tongued laugh riot who steals every scene she's in.
Andra is looked after by her two grandchildren, Mary and Rebecca (Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall). Both girls are scarred by the suicide of their mother however, they express that pain in completely different ways. Rebecca is kind and nurturing but won't allow herself to enjoy life. Mary enjoys life a little too much. She's promiscuous, brash and a heavy drinker. Rebecca treats Andra with kid gloves while Mary prefers boxing gloves.
While the movie is an exploration of how all families are dysfunctional, in some way. It's bigger message is an ethical one...right vs. wrong, and the struggle we all face every day to try and reconcile our choices. In this season of summer blockbusters, no movie will hit you harder or affect you more than this one. Please give it a chance.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:20:28 GMT
The Cincinnati Tea Party announced that it will protest the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. The protest will begin at Fountain Square at noon on TuesdayFull Story >
The Cincinnati Tea Party protested the IRS on Tuesday over the targeting of liberty groups regarding their tax status. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:39 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:39:05 GMT
Brandon Phillips bounced a bizarre double over first base to snap a ninth-inning tie, and the Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the struggling New York Mets with a 7-4 victory Wednesday. JoeyFull Story >
Brandon Phillips bounced a bizarre double over first base to snap a ninth-inning tie, and the Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the struggling New York Mets with a 7-4 victory Wednesday.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
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