It’s hard to make a funny movie about love, death, fidelity, liberal guilt and New Yorkers’ insane obsession with leaf peeping, but Nicole Holofcener has done just that with Please Give (in select theaters 4/30).
Holofcener’s fourth feature—her previous pictures are Walking and Talking, Lovely and Amazing and Friends With Money—reteams with regular player Catherine Keener as Kate, who, along with her husband (Oliver Platt), plans to expand her Manhattan apartment by buying the unit next door. One problem: They need to wait for the current tenant, a cranky old lady, to die in order to begin construction. In the meantime, they become entwined in the lives of their neighbor’s granddaughters (played by Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall) and wrestle with various neuroses and marital apathy. It’s a terrific slice of New York City life, told with warmth and wit, and with excellent performances and pitch-perfect dialogue.
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