Monday, September 30, 2013
Movie review: Enough Said could lead the revival of the rom-com genre
It's got an adult sensibility that doesn't sacrifice reality.
When Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), single parent to only daughter Ellen (Tracey Fairaway), isn’t doing her work as a masseuse, she is worrying about Ellen’s approaching departure for college. In attempt to distract herself, she attends a party with some friends where she meets Albert (James Gandolfini). Albert is adorable, sweet and a little bit quirky like Eva. He too is dealing with impending empty nest syndrome. Plus, like Eva, he is also divorced and playing single parent. The two immediately and surprisingly hit it off, finding common ground in their single parent life and funny natures. There is just one little catch. Eva’s new massage client, Marianne (Catherine Keener), rags on her ex-husband a lot … who just happens to be Albert. Eva finds herself in an impossible situation until life intervenes as it always does.
The movie also stars Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Michaela Watkins, Phillip Brock, Tavi Gevinson, Nick Williams, Ivy Strohaimer, Eve Hewson, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Toby Huss, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Lennie Loftin, Jessica St. Clair and Christopher Nicholas Smith.
RATING9/10 stars – R.I.P. Gandolfini. Your final film does you justice and leaves a legacy worth being proud of.
Enough Said is a grown up, smart, sassy, romantic comedy that goest against everything you think you know about the rom-com genre by offering something better. Directed and written by Nicole Holofcener, this unexpectedly charming film will sweep you off your feet. There is something so real and down to earth about the dialogue, the way it makes you feel and the story in general. Simply put, this is an honest film. There is no pretense here. The situations the characters are dealing with are real. The emotions they share are real. There is something truly intimate about how you are let into the characters’ lives, personal quirks and problems. You believe everything about the lives of Eva and Albert because it is all straight from your own life.
Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini have an amazing chemistry. Their naturally odd ball natures mesh well. It is sad to think that Gandolfini, who passed away earlier in 2013, isn’t around to enjoy what is surely a resounding success. There is only one little part I wasn’t able to reconcile and it is this side story of Ellen’s friend Choloe. I was left feeling that this particular story line was unresolved. It seemed as if there were more to the story that wasn’t told and could easily have been, considering the short run time. This doesn’t affect the overall story, but just would have been the proverbial icing on the cake for what is an otherwise beautifully written, amazingly acted, heartwarming movie.
It is movies like Enough Said that are changing the way audiences perceive the overdone romantic comedy. Perhaps there is hope yet for the genre’s revival, thanks to this simple and fabulous little film.
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