Please Give [2010]

Delightful dark comedy by Nicole Holofcener. Please Give is so rewarding because there’s real pain behind the humor. The characters are very well layered: they’re not the most likeable bunch (Amanda Peet’s is just plain evil), but Holofcener somehow managed to make an affecting yet enjoyable film out of these obnoxious people. As was the case with the director’s previous film, Friends With Money, the cast is superb. Frequent collaborator Catherine Keener, perpetually underrated Rebecca Hall and Ann Guilbert shine.

 

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