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Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  90 min.
Release Date: May 7, 2010 (limited)
DVD: October 19, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 3.73
based on 118 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Rebecca Hall, Ann Guibert, Sarah Steele


Kate (Catherine Keener) has a lot on her mind. There'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?). There's the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter (Sarah Steele) to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There'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 there's Kate's free-floating 21st century malaise—the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness, and sadness are always right outside the door.

Plus, there's the neighbors: cranky, elderly Andra (Ann Guilbert) and the two granddaughters who look after her (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet). As Kate, Alex, and Abby interact with the people next door, with each other, and with their New York surroundings, a complex mix of animosity, friendship, deception, guilt, and love plays out with both sharp humor and pathos.

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Anthony Bregman
Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener
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  • 1 star "Disappointed me."
  • 3 stars "Greetings again from the darkness. If not for a friend's recommendation, I probably would have avoided this one on the basis of writer/director Nicole Holofcener's last film, Friends with Money. I found that to be a miserable film filled with miserable people. This one, on the other hand, is a wonderful film filled with miserable people"
  • 1 star "I had such high hopes for this movie, but it let me down in every way possible"