Monday, January 23 rd, 2017 at 00:01 am
Please Give – Movie Review
In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in apartment the couple owns.
Just Give is a movie that disappeared without much of a ripple, and it’s Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt. They play a married couple who have a daughter who is kind of bratty. He is very easy-going. They own a business in which they go and visit the children of elderly parents who have died and they buy their furniture. They buy the old heirlooms and sell it for a great deal more, and Catherine Keener feels guilty about it. So, she gives outrageous sums of money to street people and finally decides that she wants to be a volunteer and ends up being a disastrous volunteer because she’s clearly trying to do this to make herself feel better. There’s a terrific performance by the woman who plays the older mother from hell. There’s a subplot with two sisters, one of whom is very sexy and one of whom is very charming. This is the movie. It’s a little hard to describe, but it is really kind of a lovely movie. Even though there aren’t really lovely people in it, it still gives a realistic look at guilt and marriages and seduction and aging, so I give it three and a half stars.