Please Give (Holofcener, 2010)
This review contains spoilers.
What desperately wanted to be a ‘this is life as it is’ film was an overly scripted mess in storytelling. Every character has an overload of issues, many of which don’t magically arise until the start of the movie. And as an attempt to keep it cool and avoid a cliché outcome, none of the issues ever become anything between characters. I get what Holofcener is trying to do here; there’s a sense of vanity throughout the entire thing that’s really disturbing and works to silently tear the characters apart.
But as the film concludes with a montage of each family magically coming back together, it rings hollow. This film needed either a bleak ending or a major blowup in the middle where they could move on hurt and broken, but attempting to heal. Though, I guess even if that had been fixed the film is still full of hackneyed characters and situations. 4.5/10