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Fresh: An engagingly high-strung comedy about lack of empathy and the gnawing guilt that can attend it.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, July 7, 2010
A movie can can fail in just about everything, but still be good if it captures the right tone. In Please Give we have this trendy, ironic, satirical view of modern society that is embodied in every element of the film. Even the opening credits portray the sense that, 'oh yes, we are irreverent.' This alone could have made an great film, but it goes even further. There are not any subtleties, everything is pretty obvious, but it is still dense. I'm left with a feeling about the film's message; but it isn't something that can be summed up in a sentence. It is so much bigger and broader than that. The characters are so wonderful that they need to be unraveled. The film comes from the characters, not the other way around. Everyone is flawed, but they are all lovable. They have a humanity that many characters in film lack. Personally, I liked Rebecca Hall's character the most. She was just so sweet and pathetic - in a good way. I'm complete dork for visual flair, but I like the way this was done. LIke everything else it is very trendy and very modern. It's a very relevant, timely film. You could even say that it is moral, but without the probem of being preachy and fake.
- neverteaseaweasel, Saturday, October 30, 2010
A heart warming independent black comedy which is emotionaly satisfying.But not funny and smart enough to be mentioned as one of the best samples of black comedies about loneliness and depression like Sideways or Ghostworld.What prevented it from that was lots of short sequences which took away the effects of dramatic momenets and somehow made the center of the movie lost.
- Alireza64ir, Thursday, October 28, 2010
Nicole Holofcener makes the leap into full narrative form but still retaining her wonderful sense of stream of conscious storytelling. In her fourth collaboration with Catherine Keener; the pair of them tell a sweet, honest and sorrowfully funny story. Holofcener matures into a filmmaker that not only has a keen sense for humanity but also for pulling out some of the most honest work from her cast. Amanda Peet, Rebecca Hall, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Oliver Pratt and Sarah Steele are so believable in their roles, it's almost like their characters really do exist. This is a wonderful film about life's contradictions. "Please Give" is nothing but sweet, true and well made.
- stevenecarrier, Sunday, October 24, 2010