Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, May 16th at 7:30pm for Please Give at the Coolidge Corner Theatre . Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
Please Give is writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s (Friends with Money, Lovely & Amazing) perceptiveÂ—and devastatingly funnyÂ—take on modern life’s contradictions, good intentions and shaky moral bearings.
Kate (Catherine Keener) has a lot on her mind. ThereÂ’s the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store (and how much markup can she get away with?). ThereÂ’s the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter (Sarah Steele) to want the expensive things that Kate wants. ThereÂ’s the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business and life with her husband Alex (Oliver Platt) but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And thereÂ’s KateÂ’s free-floating 21st century malaiseÂ—the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness, and sadness are always right outside the door.