Please give

Filmmaker Nicole Holofcener is intrigued by problems. Not gigantic problems, such as asteroids hurtling toward Earth or the destruction of rain forests, but smallish personal problems: coping with a best buddy’s wedding, dealing with a pushy mother, realizing that you’re not as successful as your longtime friends. Holof cener addresses these and other problems in Walking and Talking (1996), Lovely and Amazing (2001) and Friends with Money (2006). In her new and most ambitious film, Please Give, the writer/director widens the playing field to include a more diverse set of characters and situations, making the problems that confront them riskier and more daunting.


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