Grand Illusions

'Please Give'

Dealing with a cold, you’ve probably taken one of those “time release” capsules that administer micropellets of antihistamine at intervals, thus ensuring a full night’s sleep. Please Give, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, is a time-release movie that provides information about its characters in stages, thus ensuring your complicated interest in them.

Consider the first scene. Two attractive New Yorkers, the middle-aged Kate and the twentyish Rebecca, enter their...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.