Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Liberal Guilt Movie

Please Give features Catherine Keener as a New Yorker who makes her living buying mid-19th century furniture from heirs who are unaware of its value, and re-selling it at a large profit.  She feels guilty about her work and much more.  She lavishes money on the homeless while being frugal with her troubled teen-aged daughter.  She explores volunteer work, but doesn't actually commit to doing any because she becomes too emotionally involved with the clients.  She and her husband have bought the apartment of their elderly and unpleasant neighbor and are trying to restrain themselves from wishing for her demise so they can expand their apartment.  The movie gives an amusing look at the upper middle class and their desire for compassion - as long as it doesn't interfere with their living standard.

My rating:  **** (out of 5)

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